Tips for avoiding the seasonal flu


Protect yourself, your family and your community

The flu (influenza) is a common seasonal infection of the airways and lungs that can spread easily from person to person.

When someone with the flu sneezes or coughs, the virus can travel through the air and you can breathe it in. The virus can also land on surfaces like doorknobs, toys and phones. If you touch something with the flu virus on it and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you can get the flu.

Stopping the flu virus - you can make a difference

You can prevent the spread of the flu in your community by following these tips:

  • Get a flu shot (if you can).
  • Cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hand washing is not possible, use hand sanitizer.
  • Keep objects that many people touch clean (like doorknobs and TV remotes).
  • If you are sick, stay at home and try to limit contact with others.
  • To maintain a strong body, mind and spirit, eat well and be active every day.
  • Be a role model for kids and teach them how they can stop the spread of the flu.

In Canada, flu season usually runs from November to April. The flu virus usually changes from year to year, which is why there is a new vaccine each year to protect people. If you choose to get the flu shot it is important to get a new flu shot every year.

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