In Oct. 2007, we presented Pandemic Influenza Parts 1 &
2. Now is the time to remember and implement the important points, and ongoing
communication is very important.
We Are Doing
maintaining ongoing contact with Toronto Public Health Pandemic Planning Manager
maintaining contact with Anglican Diocese's Pandemic Planner
* following reports
of disease outbreak closely to increase precautions as necessary
contact with you
You Can Do*
bow/smile/nod when exchanging the peace rather than hugging/shaking hands if you
* Wash your hands frequently & thoroughly(15 seconds, front
& back, in between fingers, around fingernails, etc.)
Before - handling
food, touching your face, etc.
After - using the washroom, coughing/sneezing/blowing
your nose/touching pets/touching door handles, elevator buttons, etc.
cover your nose & mouth when coughing/sneezing, etc. - use a tissue, discard
it in the garbage, and wash your hands; if not possible, cough/sneeze into your
sleeve to prevent viral spread
* stay home if you are sick - call the doctor
or telehealth (1-866-797-000) if you have questions
* use hand sanitizer
after touching environmental surfaces/ people and before touching food (including
communion elements); rub in well and make sure it is dry!
* take only bread/wafer if you do not wish to share the cup
maintain good health habits at home (eat nutritious meals, get enough sleep and
* maintain good spiritual health (take time to read scripture,
pray, relax, remember that God is always with us, no matter what we are experiencing;
call the minister (416-494-2442) or parish nurse (416-494-5364) if you are feeling
* unless you are in close contact with a sick person,
masks are not helpful. Good handwashing is much more important!
If we use
our knowledge wisely and practice precautions, we can help to minimize the impact
of this disease.
BRIEF WORD ABOUT VACCINE & ANTIVIRALS
Vaccine - a vaccine is intended
to prevent the development of the disease by exposing the body to a weakened strain
of the virus, and forcing the body to develop its own immunity. It will take approximately
6 months to develop a specific vaccine for use with the H1N1 swine flu virus,
so we hope to have one available by Fall, 2009, but not before then.
Drugs (e.g. Tamiflu) - are used to treat the flu once you have it. They are effective
in helping people to fight off the infection, but will not prevent it.
antivirals and a vaccine (when one is available) will only be available through
the Public Health Department.