Spring 2022 Newsletter

Seasonal Allergies

Many people look forward to doing away with winter, but others dread it. Spring brings on warmer weather, flowers, and more sun, but with it comes pollens, bees, and a few other things.

It is well known that in our region, trees and grasses tend to pollinate between April and June. Ragweed tends to be a problem for some in late summer and early fall.

Here are a few steps you can take to help reduce effects caused by allergies:

  1. Wash Your Hands! Washing any pollens or allergens that have somehow landed on your hands may help minimize effects.
  2. Minimize outdoor exposure when pollen is high. Pollen is most high in the mornings.
  3. Be aware of your triggers. Know what is causing your allergy and how to minimize or avoid it, as well as treating any related symptoms.
  4. If you do not know what is causing your allergies, consult your physician. Your physician may refer you for further allergy testing, such as a skin prick test, if an when required.
  5. Always carry your Epinephrine injector (Pen) if prescribed by your doctor. In the event of an allergic reaction, use as directed. It may save your life!
  6. Use your inhalers ONLY as directed by your physician. Consult your doctor, Pharmacist and/or Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) if you feel your inhalers are not working, or your condition has changed.
  7. Keep windows closed to minimize pollen in your house. Make sure however, there is always adequate ventilation.

Did You Know That?

May 5th is World Hand Hygiene Day.

As part of our commitment to client safety, hand hygiene audits are performed annually. Audits help to ensure employees are following proper hand hygiene techniques to do their part in the prevention of spreading of infection.

For more information on hand hygiene, please visit the following websites:

World Hand Hygiene Day 2022

Hand Hygiene | Public Health Ontario

What’s New?

We wish that we could say that COVID has disappeared, but unfortunately, it is still with us. On February 9th, the Ontario government made access to COVID Rapid Tests more accessible to the general public. Click on the link below to see where to access free tests.

Rapid Testing for At-Home Use | Ontario.ca

Test Your Knowledge

  1. When is World Hand Hygiene Day? (Hint: It is after Star Wars Day – May the 4th be with you!)
  2. When are pollens most high? (Hint: It is not when you are asleep, and all is quiet … unless you work night shift and sleep when everyone else is awake)
  3. What should you always carry to help with an allergic reaction? (Hint: It is a type of pen that does not write)