St. Thomas, Ontario, October 20, 2017 - Flu season has arrived. Flu cases have been
reported recently in our surrounding communities. We cannot see the flu virus, but
its effects can be felt all around us. The flu ruins good family time, it tags along
when you don’t want it to, it wrecks holidays, and spreads easily from person to
person. The flu can live on surfaces for hours, just waiting for you, or your loved
ones. The best way to silence it, is with the flu vaccine.
Ways to Prevent the Flu
- The flu is caused by a virus (germ).
- Flu germs spread when people who are sick with the flu cough or sneeze. The droplets
from their coughs and sneezes can travel up to 2 metres (6 feet) away. You can also
catch the flu if you touch something that has the flu germs on it and then touch
your eyes or mouth.
- People who are sick with the flu may have a fever, cough, body aches, headaches,
and sore throat. Seniors and young children may also have an upset stomach and vomiting.
- Clean your hands often.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean surfaces and items that are touched often.
- Avoid sharing drinks, toothbrushes and other items that go in the mouth.
- Get a flu shot every year. Find out where to get a flu shot at www.ontario.ca/page/get-flu-shot
Why Get a Flu Shot?
- You can’t always protect your kids from others who may have the flu. The flu shot
- To protect your family from the flu, you have to protect yourself.
- You’re a senior, a baby, expecting a baby, or you have a weak immune system.
- You’re a health care provider or provide vital community services.
- You care about your health and the health of those around you.
Did You Know?
- New strains of the flu appear every year.
- Getting a flu shot every year is a safe and effective way to prevent the flu and
its complications such as pnuemonia
- Antibiotics are not effective in treating the flu.
For more information about flu activity in Ontario, visit