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Winter is typically the season for respiratory infections. Alberta is seeing a rise in infections such as influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Covid-19.

Children’s hospitals in Alberta are under intense pressure as they deal with an influx of sick kids and a growing number of seriously ill kids. Here is what to do if your child does not feel well.

 

  1. Stay home when feeling sick.
  2. Make the choice to stay up to date on your vaccinations and speak to a physician or other care provider if you have questions about options.
  3. Wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask can help reduce the risk of becoming sick and help protect others from being exposed. Albertans should be supported regardless of their choice to mask or not.
  4. If possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  5. Regularly clean hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  6. Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  7. Maintain good respiratory etiquette by covering coughs and sneezes.
  8. Avoid or limit time spent in crowded indoor places.
  9. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items at home, especially when someone in your home is sick.”

 

Booking immunization appointments

Influenza and COVID-19 vaccines are available at participating pharmacies and community medical clinics and select AHS sites. Bookings are available through the Alberta Vaccine Booking System at alberta.ca/vaccine or by calling Health Link at 811.

Some pharmacies can accommodate walk-ins. If your local pharmacy is not listed in the booking system, contact them directly or visit bluecross.ca to find a pharmacy near you.

Individuals who live on a First Nations reserve can access immunization appointments through nursing stations or public health clinics on-reserve.

Quick facts

  • Influenza typically begins with a sudden onset of fever, body aches, headache and fatigue. Most healthy people will recover from influenza in seven to 10 days, but it can take a couple of weeks to fully recover.
  • Influenza statistics are available at alberta.ca/influenza and are updated weekly through the season.
  • RSV is one of the most common viral infections of childhood, especially during the colder months. While not considered a risk to the general public, almost all children will have an RSV infection by the time they are two years of age.
  • For many kids, RSV symptoms look like a common cold. For others, including young babies or children with lung diseases or weakened immune systems, symptoms can be more severe and lead to bronchiolitis or pneumonia.
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