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What you Need to Know about the Flu

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Anyone can get the flu so it’s important to take precautions to protect yourself and others. This includes getting a flu shot.

Anyone with an underlying health condition is more vulnerable to the effects of flu and has a greater chance of being hospitalized. The flu shot is your best defense and is available from your family physician or nurse practitioner, pharmacies, public health unit, and through a variety of flu clinics in your community.

Fight the Flu – How to Avoid Getting or Spreading the Flu

  • Get a flu shot
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and shared items

Flu vs. Common Cold

The symptoms of the flu and the common cold can be very similar but, unlike a case of the common cold, the flu can lead to serious health problems like pneumonia. Use this chart to help determine if you have a cold or the flu.

flu versus the cold symptoms


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Telehealth Ontario

Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000

Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007

If at any point you believe you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.