As we transition into the beautiful season of fall and we spend more time indoors, it's crucial to remain vigilant about our personal health so that we can keep our communities healthy.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe and healthy this season:
- Get vaccinated: Ensure you and your family are up-to-date with vaccinations, including those for COVID-19, influenza, and RSV, if eligible. Symptoms of many respiratory illnesses overlap and co-infection can increase the severity of illness. If you are already registered with Get Vaccinated B.C., you should receive a text or email invitation to receive your updated immunizations. If you are not registered or do not receive an invitation, visit https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/ or call 1-888-838-2323.
- Monitor and improve indoor air quality: If you can, make an effort to measure and improve indoor air quality. Use commercially available HEPA filters or DIY air purifiers and enhance good ventilation by opening windows when possible.
- Wear masks in crowded or indoor settings: A well-fitting mask, worn properly, helps to reduce the spread of respiratory aerosols and protects both you and others. Remember, many respiratory illnesses are spread through airborne transmission, meaning the viruses can stay in the air for prolonged periods and travel significant distances.
- Maintain good general health: Engage in regular physical activity, eat a balanced diet, and stay hydrated. Avoid smoking and minimize exposure to second-hand smoke; these things place more stress on your respiratory and immune systems.
Prevention is key. By being mindful and making the best choices for yourself and your family, you can contribute to the overall well-being of your community. Stay informed and continue to prioritize your health and that of your loved ones.
If you have any questions or want to discuss the tips above, please reach out to your healthcare provider. Together, we can navigate this fall season safely.
Wishing you a healthy autumn!