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November 18th, 2022
The following is a message from Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, for all parents and guardians of children in Ontario:
I am reaching out to you to share some important information and reminders to help protect ourselves, our families, and our children against the spread of respiratory infections.
This fall, we are seeing an increase of COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) viruses in Ontario. This is placing a large strain on families and on our healthcare system and it requires us to work together to protect everyone, including the most vulnerable in our communities – the very young, the very old, and those with underlying medical issues.
While these viruses are affecting Ontarians of all ages, young children under five years of age are more likely to experience severe outcomes. We need to make sure that we take all the necessary steps to keep our children safe.
I am calling on all Ontarians, including parents and caregivers, to apply the layers of protection that we know work to keep ourselves and others healthy:
If your child does become sick, in most cases, you can take care of your child with RSV, influenza, or other respiratory infections at home. The following resource from the Ontario College of Family Physicians provides helpful tips and information to support you in caring for children with respiratory symptoms:
If you have questions about your child’s health, you can call 811 or your primary care provider. Clinical assessment centres are also able to assess children. Some infants and children can develop severe illness and may need to visit their health care provider or go to the emergency department.
Applying all these layers of protection will help to protect ourselves, our families, and our children. I know that it has been a challenging past few years for families, and your ongoing efforts to protect our communities are greatly appreciated.
Dr. Kieran Moore
Chief Medical Officer of Health
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