Flu Vaccination or Mask During Flu Season
All visitors and staff who are in resident areas (in Home, Hospital or Terrace) must wear a mask or have the flu vaacination.
What if I have not received the flu vaccine? Can I visit a resident at Menno Place?
If you are visiting Menno Home, Menno Hospital or Terrace East, you must either receive a flu vaacination or wear a mask in resident areas during flu season. Masks are provided at every entrance to these areas.
When is the “flu season”?
Flu season usually runs from December to the end of March.
Influenza – or the flu – can be a serious contagious disease, which is spread by droplet transmission through close contact with an infected person. Infected individuals are highly contagious and can transmit the virus for 24 hours before they show any symptoms.
Each year, there are approximately 3,500 deaths from influenza and its complications across Canada. Influenza causes by far the most deaths among vaccine-preventable diseases, outpacing all others combined.
Hospitalized patients and seniors in residential care are more vulnerable to influenza than healthy adults. The vaccine is also less effective in the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, making it even more important that their caregivers and visitors are vaccinated.