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Cold and flu prevention tips

11/5/13 4:13 AM

The TTC wants you to stay bug-free this season. Here are a few simple and effective tips that can help prevent the spread of germs and infections:

> Beat the flu bug and get your shot. This season, immunizations are available through your family doctor, public health, workplace clinics and pharmacists.
> Wash your hands frequently and properly. Wet hands with warm water; apply soap; lather for 20 seconds; rinse hands back and front; dry hands with paper towel; turn off taps with paper towel. Hand hygiene should be practiced regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing.
> Use proper cough etiquette. Cough or sneeze into a tissue. If a tissue is not available, cough into your upper sleeve, not into your hands. Remember to wash your hands afterwards.
> Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Follow Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. A nutritional and balanced diet will help you stay healthy. Maintaining your fitness, and getting enough rest, may also decrease your chance of getting ill this season.
> Do not share personal items. Germs can be transmitted through the sharing of personal items, such as cups, food, etc.
> If you get the flu, minimize your contact with others to avoid spreading it.

For more information about preventing colds and the flu, and to speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).


> Monday, November 4, Subway Janitors (3050 Yonge St.), 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
> Wednesday, November 6, Greenwood Complex, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
> Thursday, November 7, Collectors/Danforth Division, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
> Friday, November 8, Mount Dennis Division/Garage, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
> Monday, November 11, EC&E (5140 Yonge St.), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
> Tuesday, November 12, McBrien Building, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
> Wednesday, November 13, Malvern Division/Garage, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
> Wednesday, November 13, Lakeshore Division/Garage, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
> Thursday, November 14, Russell Division/Garage, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
> Thursday, November 14, Roncesvalles Division/Garage, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
> Friday, November 15, Queensway Division/Garage, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
> Friday, November 15, Wilson Complex, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
> Tuesday, November 19, Hillcrest Complex, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
> Wednesday, November 20, Arrow Road Division/Garage, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
> Thursday, November 21, Birchmount Division/Garage, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
> Friday, November 22, Eglinton Division/Garage, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, please call Occupational Health Nurse Nancy Garvin, Human Resources, ext. 3742, or check your workplace bulletin board for more details.

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