October 5, 2023

Fall Respiratory Illness Season

Well, it's that time of year... The leaves are turning, the air is getting chilly, sweaters are getting upacked and, unfortunately, respiratory illnesses are on the rise.

We have been getting questions in the office about vaccinations and masking so here is an update for those who are interested. Effective immediately and in keeping with the recent Public Health announcement, we will again be wearing masks in the clinic, hospital and at home births/visits. Our clients are asked to do likewise when visiting us at clinic and accessing care in hospital. Birthers are not expected to mask in active labour or in their own homes.

Starting in early October, priority populations will be able to get their seasonal influenza and updated COVID-19 vaccines at the same time. This includes: health-care workers, seniors (65+), residents in long-term care facilities, Indigenous peoples, pregnant people and people with chronic health conditions.

Once these priority populations have been invited, invitations will be extended to the rest of the population starting October 10th. Book your vaccines here: Getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca

In addition to these measures, we encourage diligent hand-washing and following current guidelines for Covid testing, if you are symptomatic. If you are feeling unwell, please reschedule your appointment to keep us, your fellow clients and their wee ones healthy.

Evidence-based ways to support your immune system during this season include:

  • Adequate sleep
  • Moderate exercise
  • A healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Reducing stress

Supplementation with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and Echinacea may be beneficial and, provided you do not exceed recommended doses, are all safe to use in pregnancy & while breast/chestfeeding. (https://avivaromm.com/boost-immunity-prevent-flu-colds/)