Every year during the holidays, Montréal hospitals see a spike in visits to their emergency rooms. The holidays are a time for all sorts of gatherings, which brings people into contact with the viruses that are going around at that time of the year. As a result, the risks of getting the flu or gastroenteritis are higher.
Many children and adults who go to Montréal emergency rooms have symptoms of the flu or gastroenteritis, but don’t necessarily require emergency services. Not only does this situation increase the spread of these viruses, but it also puts extreme pressure on emergency departments, which leads to longer waiting times.
Make the right choice!
If you’re sick or worried about the health of a loved one, there are other options than going to an emergency department. To help you make the right choice, call Info-Santé at 811.
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Vaccination: The best protection against the flu
Getting vaccinated is a simple way to avoid getting the flu. There is still time to get vaccinated at Montreal vaccination clinics.