Hamilton Health Sciences
Patients & Visitors

Patients & Visitors

Stop the spread of infection

  1. Use proper hand hygiene using hand sanitizer or soap and warm water

  2. Cover your cough

  3. Clean or disinfect equipment and surfaces

  4. Do not visit others if you are feeling unwell

Hand washing
When done correctly, hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as colds and flu.

H1N1 Influenza A

As part of our infection control procedures, any suspected cases of respiratory illness are isolated as appropriate to ensure they are cared for in an environment that helps contain the spread of any illness and prevent transmission.

Click here for H1N1 patient information

Click here for City of Hamilton - Public Health

Click here for Health Canada's H1N1 preparedness guide

Click here for Ministry of Health's influenza self-assessment tool

What about visitors?
As always, we ask that people visit only if they are feeling well.

What is H1N1 Influenza A?
A respiratory illness that causes symptoms similar to those of the regular human seasonal flu. The symptoms include fever, fatigue, coughing, muscle aches, headache and sore throat. Some people with it have also reported vomiting and diarrhea.

Is it contagious?
Yes, Just like the seasonal flu virus. Influenza and other respiratory infections are transmitted from person to person when germs enter the nose and/or throat. Coughs and sneezes release germs into the air where they can be breathed in by others. Germs can also rest on hard surfaces such as counters and doorknobs, where they can be picked up on hands and transmitted to the respiratory system when someone touches their mouth and/or nose.

What can we do to protect ourselves from catching this illness?
Washing your hands often is the best way to prevent illness. Respiratory illnesses are spread by droplets that can stay viable on inanimate objects. If you cough or sneeze, protect those around you by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue. (Put your used tissue in the waste basket.) and wash your hands. Cough into your upper sleeve, not in your hands. Everyone should clean their hands often and thoroughly, either with soap and water or with the sanitizing gel that is available across our hospitals.

Who do I contact for more information?
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your family doctor or other healthcare provider.

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100