Prevention of avian influenza A(H7N9)
Learn how to protect yourself from avian influenza A(H7N9).
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How can you protect yourself from avian influenza A(H7N9)?
At this time, there is no vaccine for avian influenza A(H7N9).
See your health care provider if you will be travelling to an area where avian influenza A(H7N9) is a concern. You can also go to a travel health clinic. You should consult with either your health care provider or the travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you leave.
You can help protect yourself while travelling with the following precautions.
Minimize your risk of being exposed to avian influenza A(H7N9)
If you are travelling to an area where avian influenza A(H7N9) is a concern:
- avoid high-risk areas, such as poultry farms and live animal markets, including areas where poultry is slaughtered
- avoid unnecessary contact with birds, including:
- wild birds
- avoid surfaces that may have bird droppings, saliva or nasal mucous on them
- ensure that all eggs and poultry are well-cooked
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands as often as possible with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Always keep some with you when you travel.
Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette
Cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
Monitor your health
If you have developed flu-like symptoms after travelling or living in an area where avian influenza A(H7N9) is a concern:
- upon arrival in Canada, tell a border services officer
- see a health care provider if you develop symptoms within 14 days after your return to Canada
- you should tell your health care provider where you have been travelling or living
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