syringe entering vial of vaccineKeeping vaccines up to date is the best way to prevent serious illness from respiratory infection.

Take measures to ward off seasonal illnesses

With the onset of cold and flu season, following public health measures can help to prevent illness, says Sherri Lynne Menard, director of campus safety and emergency planning.

“As we enter autumn and winter, we can expect to see an uptick in respiratory illness,” she says. “The most important way to prevent its spread is to stay home when you’re feeling ill.”

She notes that preventive steps taken against COVID-19 will work for other respiratory illnesses as well:

  • Stay at home if you feel unwell and especially stay away from people at higher risk of serious illness.
  • Get all recommended vaccines, including influenza and COVID-19 boosters.
  • Practise respiratory etiquette if you have symptoms: wear a mask in indoor public spaces, and cough and sneeze in your elbow.
  • Clean your hands regularly and avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth, and nose.

COVID testing kits are available free to anyone with a UWinID from the Chemical Control Centre in room B37, Essex Hall; the information desk in the CAW Student Centre; and the front desks in Cartier, Laurier, and Alumni residence halls.

Should you have any questions or concerns, or require further health information, contact the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.