Protect yourself against the flu.

Getting the flu shot is your best defence: It is free in Ontario, safe and recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older.

Wash your hands often: Even after getting the flu shot, washing with soap and water for at least 15 seconds helps keep the virus from spreading. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer (gel or wipes) with at least 60% alcohol.

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze: Use a tissue and throw it out rather than putting it in your pocket, on a desk or table. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve.

Don’t touch your face: The flu virus spreads when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk and droplets enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth.

Stay at home when you’re sick: Viruses spread more easily in group settings, such as offices, schools and nursing homes.

Clean (and disinfect) surfaces and shared items: Viruses can live for up to 48 hours on hard surfaces like countertops, door handles, computer keyboards and phones.