Ottawa, ON [October 20, 2011] – As the flu season is again upon us, the Canadian Swine Health Board is encouraging pork producers and their farm workers to get their seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible, in order to protect the health of both pigs and people.
“Canadian producers work hard to protect the health of their pigs,” says Florian Possberg, Chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board. “Getting the annual flu shot not only helps protect pig health, but also human health. That’s why it’s included as a best management practice in the User Guide of our National Swine Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard.”
Vaccination protects people against influenza viruses and lessens the chances of workers transmitting the virus to pigs. Workers who have influenza like symptoms are also encouraged to stay away from pigs.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says the “Flu shot offers the best protection. Combined with regular hand washing, the flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus.”
Seasonal influenza viruses are highly contagious and affect millions of Canadians every year. Getting the flu shot helps protect swine workers, their animals, and public health.
More information on preventing the spread of the flu virus is available at www.fightflu.ca. Details on the CSHB’s biosecurity best management practices are available at www.swinehealth.ca.
The CSHB was formed to proactively address swine health challenges through leadership, coordination and support in the management of the health of the Canadian swine herd. Its members include the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Canadian Association of Veterinary Colleges, the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement, the Canadian Meat Council and the Canadian Pork Council.
For more information, contact:
Canadian Swine Health Board
613.230.4445 Ext. 267