- fever or more than 38°C
- shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- aching muscles and/or joints
- sore throat
- nasal congestion
Consult a health professional if your symtoms persist or get worse.
613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120
Ask for Health Line.
The influenza virus is a respiratory illness. There are everyday actions that you can take to stay healthy:
- Get the influenza vaccine.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow when sneezing or coughing if no tissue is available.
- Throw away tissues after wiping your nose, sneezing or coughing.
- Keep personal items separate if a household member has influenza.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from the sick person if possible.
- Do not share personal items or drinks.
- Maintain good health by drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, eating nutritious meals and not smoking.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Stay home from school/work if you are ill.
- Washing your hands is the single most important way to prevent
the spread of influenza.
You should wash your hands for at least 15 to 20 seconds with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand rub in the following situations:
- before touching your eyes, nose or mouth in any way before
eating, preparing food or feeding others
- after coming into contact with a person who has influenza or with their immediate environment
- after blowing your nose or wiping a child’s nose
- after coughing or sneezing