What you Need to Know about the Flu
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.
To learn more about how to fight the flu, visit www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts.
Visit ErieStClairHealthline.ca for non-emergency local health care options.
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.
If at any point you believe you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.