Flu Season is Coming Soon!

Flu season is fast approaching!  To avoid getting the flu:

washing hands under a tap with bubbles 1. Wash your hands often!

- wash with soap and water for at least 15 seconds
- the virus can live on your hands for up to 3 hours even if you get the flu shot , so always clean them properly to avoid making others sick

 a bottle of 60% alcohol cleanser

2. Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (gel or wipes) nearby

- must be at least 60% alcohol to be effective
- wash with soap and water if your hands look dirty

person coughing into their sleeve 3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough 

- cough into your upper sleeve if you don't have a tissue
- throw the tissue out right away — don’t put it in your pocket or on your desk

 keep your hands out of eyes, nose and mouth 4. Avoid touching your face

- the flu virus usually enters your body through the eyes, nose or mouth
- avoid holding your face in your hands or rubbing your eyes

avoid crowds and your workplace 5. Stay at home when you're sick

- viruses can spread easily in large crowds 

washing hands under a tap with bubbles 6. Get the flu shot!

- the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from the flu
- a free flu shot is available for everyone who lives, works, or attends school in Ontario 


Where to get your flu shot

Individuals five years of age and older can get a flu shot from their doctor, at a clinic, or from their pharmacist.  Be sure to call ahead to check when the vaccine is available.

At McMaster:

Close to Main Campus:

Close to Downtown Campuses:

In the Community

 * Pharmacists can give flu shots to anyone 5 years of age and older.

For more information about the influenza vaccine, please visit the Ontario flu website.

If you get the flu:

  • stay home and get plenty of rest
  • drink lots of fluids
  • avoid drinks with caffeine
  • take basic pain or fever relievers but do not give acetylsalicylic acid (ASA or Aspirin®) to children or teenagers under the age of 18
  • treat muscle pain using a hot water bottle or heating pad — apply heat for short periods of time
  • take a warm bath
  • gargle with a glass of warm salt water or suck on hard candy or lozenges
  • use spray or saline drops for a stuffy nose
  • avoid alcohol and tobacco

Call your doctor or health care provider if:

  • you don’t start to feel better after a few days
  • your symptoms get worse
  • you are in a high-risk group and develop flu symptoms

You can also call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 to talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You do not need to provide your OHIP number and all information is confidential.

credit: http://www.ontario.ca/health-and-wellness/flu-facts