You may have heard that there is a stomach bug going around the community.  We would like to inform you that you do not need to go to the doctor immediately.  If you are experiencing vomiting and nausea, STAY AT HOME!  Take clear fluids in small amounts, frequently.  We suggest Gatorade, sweet herbal tea, flat coke or gingerale, or clear juice like apple juice.  No energy drinks.  When you feel well enough to eat something, try white rice, plain toast, bananas and saltine crackers.  If you have diarrhea, do the same as above and rest: STAY AT HOME!  If diarrhea persists more than 24 hours with a high fever (above 38.5 degrees), see a doctor.  For most people, this will last only a day.  Make sure children and older adults are replacing their fluids.  Offer clear fluids one ounce at a time, frequently.  If your child only has a fever, give them Tylenol (correct dosage based on age/weight) and keep them comfortable with cool washcloths, tepid baths, etc.

Pqusnalhcw Child Care Centre staff did a wonderful job disinfecting everything in the daycare to ensure children are safe while attending, as a preventative action.  The Mount Currie Health Center has been disinfected thoroughly as well.   Both measures were taken to prevent the spread of germs, but it is important that families do their part at home.  Disinfecting common surfaces when someone is sick and periodically, and proper handwashing after going to the bathroom, before and after eating food, and whenever hands are visibly soiled.  It is recommended that people periodically disinfect their work areas and common areas as well, or when someone is sick. Please be reminded that both sections of the Health Center building are regularly disinfected and cleaned as part of routine protocol.

While the current stomach illness is not a serious concern, we would like to use this opportunity to remind people to prevent the spread of germs with good handwashing.  This also means getting children all their vaccinations completed.  Please call Laura at the Mount Currie Health Center to see if your child is up-to-date.