- Find a Flu Shot Clinic
Flu shots are available at healthcare provider offices and participating pharmacies. Find a participating flu shot clinic near you.
- What are the signs and symptoms of the flu?
- How does the flu spread to others?
- How can I protect myself from the flu?
- What is the difference between the cold and the flu?
- Influenza Information for Healthcare Providers
People with influenza quickly become sick with:
- sore throat,
- muscle aches and
Influenza spreads easily from infected people to others through coughing and sneezing. It can also be picked-up by touching unwashed hands and from surfaces and objects such as toys.
It is not always possible to prevent becoming sick with the flu but there are a few things that you can do to reduce your risk of illness.
The most important thing you can do to prevent illness is to clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers should contain 60-90% alcohol. Hands should be cleaned after handling tissues, blowing your nose, shaking hands, touching objects around you and before preparing and eating food.
The influenza vaccine is about 70 to 90 per cent effective in preventing illness caused by influenza in healthy children and adults. In elderly people, the vaccine can prevent pneumonia, hospitalization and death. It is important to get your flu shot early. Protection from the vaccine develops around two weeks after receiving it. Protection from influenza may last up to one year. People who receive the vaccine can still get influenza, but if they do, it is usually milder. However, the vaccine will not protect against colds and other respiratory illnesses that may be mistaken for influenza.
3. Stay home if you feel sick
Sick people who go to work, school and other public places can spread their illnesses to others. Staying home when you are ill is important to help reduce the spread of influenza. You can return to work or school one day after you are symptom free.
4. Cover your cough (PDF)
Coughing and sneezing can spread germs to others. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Always clean your hands after coughing or sneezing,
5. Clean surfaces
Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched a lot like doorknobs, keyboards, counter tops, sink taps, etc.