The flu: don’t pass it on!


Each year up to 7 million Canadians get the flu. See how easily it spreads… Let’s look in on Person “A” who has not had a flu shot. Over the next few days, she will get sick with the flu. She woke up this morning with a fever, cough, sore throat and headache. “A” goes to pharmacy to buy flu medicine and coughs into her hand. “A” greets her grandfather “B” at the pharmacy refraining from the usual hug, and kisses, but still transferring some germs on to his hands when she picks up an item on the floor that grandpa dropped. Grandpa shakes hands with an old friend “C” who happens to be undergoing treatment for cancer and has a weakened immune system.”C” goes off to play cards with friends. Not all have had flu shots. Getting a flu shot helps stop the chain reaction. Later that day, the shopping cart that “A” held onto with her germy hand, is then taken by customer “D” with her baby. Mother “D” and baby go off to play group together, continuing the chain reaction. Have YOU gotten your flu shot? Protect yourself and those around you. The flu: don’t pass it on! For more information on the flu visit Canada.ca/flu A message from the Government of Canada.

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