What is Influenza?
Influenza (commonly known as "the flu")
is a serious respiratory infection that is
caused by the influenza virus. The flu is
spread easily through coughing, sneezing
or through touching contaminated surfaces
or objects like unwashed hands, toys and
eating utensils. The flu
can be prevented by getting the flu
vaccine every year and by practicing good
Flu shots are available for free in several convenient locations across Peel, including:
- Family Doctors’ offices
- Walk-in clinics
- Region of Peel Flu Clinics
- Find a Flu Clinic
Who Should Get the Vaccine?
The flu vaccine is for anyone aged 6 months
of age or older.
Although practicing good hand washing sounds
easy, most people do not wash their hands
properly. Check out the “how to wash your hands” (PDF, 450KB, 1 page) or “how to clean your hands” (PDF, 597KB, 1 page) step-by-step guides then share this information with other family members so that everyone in your home is helping to stop the spread of infection.
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