The flu season is upon us!

The Flu Bug

It is important to know that the flu is not a cold or respiratory illness. The best way to protect yourself and your little one is by getting vaccinated. The vaccine is free and is available at doctors offices, walk-in clinics and Public Health flu clinics.

Kids

Kids are the highest risk of developing the flu. They can easily spread the flu to other kids and family before you see any symptoms. Kids 5 years and younger are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu! Kids can receive the vaccine through injection or in the form of a  nasal spray depending on their age.

Pregnant Women

Pregnant women should receive the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their baby. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or unsure.

How Does the Flu Spread

The flu virus is spread to others by talking, sneezing and coughing. The flu germs can live on surfaces for many hours. You can get the flu from someone who does not have any symptoms of the flu.

Ways to Stay Healthy this Flu Season

  1. Get your flu shot early
  2. Wash your hands often
  3. Cover your cough and sneeze
  4. Clean toys and doorknobs

Symptoms

  1. Fever infant (37.5 C) , children and adults (38.0 C)
  2. Cough
  3. Achy muscles
  4. Sore throat
  5. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea in children

Benefits of the Vaccine

  1. Vaccines work to protect you from four strains of the flu virus.
  2. Children under 9 years old, after their first vaccine ever need another dose 4 weeks later.
  3. There are two methods, spray and injection.
  4. Delay vaccine if your child is sick, or has a fever, or will visit someone with a weak immune system (within 2 weeks).

Ask your healthcare provider if you have anymore questions, and visit www.toronto.ca

Written by: Emma & Janice