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Health information for individuals and communities.

PHAC Public Enquiry Line

Website: www.publichealth.gc.ca

The Public Health Agency of Canada is operating a Public Enquiry Line:
8am to 8pm  seven days a week
1-800- 454-8302

Guidance on Public Health Measures for the Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Virus in First Nations Communities

Highlights

This document aims to provide guidance to First Nations communities on public health measures that can be used to control the spread of the H1N1 flu. It provides:

  • Steps that can be taken to stop the spread of flu within households and the community
  • Advice on postponing or continuing with large gatherings

Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Elementary and Secondary Schools

These guidelines have been developed based on the best evidence available. As more information becomes available, these guidelines will be updated.

Issued August 28, 2009

FNIH Ontario Region Contact List

Attached is the FNIH Ontario Region contact list.  These contacts will also be added to the contact area of this website.

The H1N1 flu virus is widespread across Ontario.

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT HEALTH
SUBJECT:H1N1 FLU AND LARGE GATHERINGS
DATE: JUNE 24th, 2009

Toll-Free Information Line for H1N1

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT HEALTH
SUBJECT: H1N1 FLU INFORMATION PHONE LINE
DATE: JUNE 17, 2009

First Nations and Inuit Health - Ontario Region has established a toll-free line that will address general enquiries about H1N1 from community members. The phone number will be answered from 9am to 6pm EST seven days a week. The number is:

Poster: Know What to do to Fight the H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu)

Download the attached poster. (English and French)

Flu symptoms are: cough and fever, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and lack of appetite

Protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly in warm, soapy water or use hand sanitizer
  • Cough and sneeze in your arm, not your hand
  • Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected
  • Stay home if you're sick.

Contact a health care provider if your symptoms worsen

Pandemic Planning Template

A slide PPT template to help develop a pandemic plan for your community.

Proper Handwashing Poster

Attached is a Proper Handwashing poster.  The poster is available in 4 languages; English, Ojibway, Cree and Oji-cree.

The six steps are:

  1. Wet hands
  2. Use liquid soap
  3. Lather, rub and count to 20
  4. Rinse
  5. Towel or air dry hands
  6. Turn off taps with towel or sleeve