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Jan 11, 2017  |  Vote 0    0

St. Joe's doctors offer tips on how to stay safe this flu season

Flu shots are given at the hospital Monday to Friday

Bloor West Villager

The cold weather is here, and that means the flu season is arriving.

Staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre said they have seen more people coming to the hospital looking for care over the past couple of weeks.

The hospital’s infection control officer and infectious diseases physician, Dr. Jennie Johnstone, and staff family physician Dr. Carol Hughes are offering several tips on how to stay safe this flu season.

Get the flu shot: The doctors said they expect the flu season will peak over the next two or three weeks. Flu shots are given daily between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at St. Joe’s pharmacy; no appointment is necessary.

Clean your hands: The best way to avoid picking up bacteria and germs when you grab something is to clean your hands, the doctors said.  This will help stop viruses from spreading.

—  Get enough sleep: The doctors recommend adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night to be at their best. They also recommend creating a bedtime routine and trying and go to bed at the same time each night.

The full list of how you can keep safe can be viewed on the hospital’s website.

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