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Influenza

Prevention

  • Use a sanitizer at other high-risk times, such as after shaking hands, handling money or touching high-traffic surfaces.
  • Keep your distance: If you need to sneeze or cough, do so away from others or sneeze into your sleeve. If you or others are sick, stay at least two metres away from each other.
  • Be aware of your own health: If you experience any flu-like symptoms (such as fever, cough, fatigue, aches, sore throat or headache), stay away from work, school or other public places.
  • If you become increasingly or seriously ill, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Consider being vaccinated: Vaccination is a personal choice. You should weigh any concerns you may have against the likelihood of becoming seriously ill or passing the flu to others.
  • Stay informed: There are many sources of confusing or conflicting information. Seek out a reliable source, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada at www.fightflu.ca or the website of your local public health unit.