The Sudbury District Health Unit is putting out a general advisory so northerners can help reduce infections in long-term care homes.

The health unit says the flu and norovirus are common this time of year and can easily spread to nursing homes. As a visitor you can help protect loved ones in these homes by washing your hands, getting a flu shot and staying away if youre not well yourself.

The health unit says sometimes an outbreak shows up at a nursing home and thats when you need to limit your visits and also not interact with other clients in the facility.

(Written by Rocco Frangione)