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Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared Preventing the spread of the N1H1 Flu

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How is the Flu spread?

  • They spread when someone with the flu coughs or sneezes and droplets come in contact with another person’s nose, mouth or eyes.
  • When people with the flu cough or sneeze into their hands and contaminate things they touch, other people can become infected if they touch the same object and then touch their face.
  • A person can be infectious until symptoms are gone.

For more info, visit ontario.ca/flu.

How can you prevent the spread?
Prevention is the best way to avoid any kind of flu including H1N1. Here are the top tips for keeping us all healthy:

  1. Wash your hands. The H1N1 virus can stay on a doorknob or shopping cart for 2-8 hours.
  2. Keep your hands away from your face. Most people pick up germs that enter the body through their eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Drink lots of water. Water flushes out your system keeping it clean and healthy.
  4. Eat foods that contain vitamins that give you a “supercharge”, for example, dark leafy green vegetables, yellow vegetables and fruits (oranges, tomatoes, broccoli).
  5. Exercise and get fresh air. This keeps your immune system strong.