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Influenza (flu): Protecting your familyIInfluenza (flu): Protecting your familyInfluenza (flu): Protecting your familyEnglishInfectious DiseasesChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)Cough;Fatigue;Fever;Headache;Runny nose;Sore throat2013-11-25T05:00:00ZUpton Allen, MBBS, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE8.0000000000000065.0000000000000823.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>​Information about how to protect yourself and your family from influenza (flu).</p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=1110&language=English">Influenza</a> (the flu) viruses circulate every fall and winter. The flu can affect everyone, but usually makes only certain groups of people very sick. These include the very young (younger than two), the elderly (older than 65) and people who are already sick with conditions such as <a href="/article?contentid=937&language=English">diabetes</a> and chronic lung diseases.<br></p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>The flu circulates every fall and winter. The flu can affect everyone, but it can be most severe in the very young, the elderly and in people who are already sick for other reasons.</li> <li>The best way to protect yourself and your family is to try and avoid becoming infected with the flu virus. Consider getting a flu shot, keep your hands clean and stay away from sick people.</li> <li>When sick, the best thing to do is to stay home and rest. If you and/or your child do not start to feel better after a few days or if your symptoms get worse, you should call your doctor.</li> </ul><h2>Signs and symptoms of the flu</h2><h3>Typical flu symptoms may include:</h3><ul><li>aches<br></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=774&language=English">cough</a></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=748&language=English">sore throat</a></li><li>runny nose​</li><li>fatigue or weakness</li><li>headache​</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a>​</li></ul><p>In babies, the symptoms of the flu may not be so sp​ecific and not distinct from some other infection​s.​​​</p><div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/41s4obU_5ZU" frameborder="0"></iframe><br></div><h2>Treatment of the flu</h2> <p>If you or your <a href="/Article?contentid=969&language=English">child gets sick</a>, stay home and rest. If you do not start to feel better after a few days or if your symptoms get worse, you should either call your doctor or your local municipal or regional public health agency.</p> <p>In Ontario, you can also call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.</p> <p>If you or your child is in a high-risk group, call your doctor right away when you get flu symptoms. A high-risk group is anyone who is very young, very old, pregnant, already sick with something else or is living in special communities or chronic care homes.</p>
Grippe (influenza) : comment protéger les membres de votre familleGGrippe (influenza) : comment protéger les membres de votre familleInfluenza (flu): Protecting your familyFrenchInfectious DiseasesChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)Cough;Fatigue;Fever;Headache;Runny nose;Sore throat2013-11-25T05:00:00ZUpton Allen, MBBS, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE8.0000000000000065.0000000000000823.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>Renseignements sur les façons de vous protéger, vous et votre famille contre le virus de l'influenza (grippe).</p><p>Le virus de <a href="/Article?contentid=1110&language=French">l'influenza</a> (grippe) circulent tous les ans, pendant l'automne et l'hiver. Personne n'est à l'abri de la grippe, bien qu'en général, seuls certains groupes présentent des infections aiguës. Les enfants en bas âges (moins de deux ans), les personnes âgées (plus de 65 ans) et les personnes atteintes de maladies comme le <a href="/article?contentid=937&language=French">diabète</a> ou des affections pulmonaires chroniques.<br></p><h2>À ret​enir</h2> <ul> <li>Les virus de la grippe circulent tous les ans, en automne et en hiver. Personne n'est à l'abri de la grippe, mais l'infection est plus grave chez les enfants en bas âges, les personnes âgées et les personnes atteintes d'autres maladies.</li> <li>Tant pour vous que pour les autres membres de votre famille, la meilleure façon de prévenir la grippe est d'essayer d'éviter les risques d'nfection. Envisagez de vous faire vacciner contre la grippe, gardez les mains propres et évitez les personnes infectées.</li> <li>Si vous ou votre enfant êtes infecté, le mieux est de rester à la maison et de vous reposer. Si l'état de votre enfant ou le vôtre ne s'améliore pas au bout de quelques jours ou si les symptômes s'aggravent, communiquez avec votre médecin.</li> </ul><h2>Symptômes de la​ grippe</h2><h3>Les symptômes habituels de la grippe sont les suivants :</h3><ul><li>courbatures,</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=774&language=French">toux</a></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=748&language=French">mal de gorge,</a></li><li>nez qui coule,</li><li>fatigue ou faiblesse,</li><li>mal de tête,<br></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=French">fièvre.</a></li></ul><p>Chez les bébés, les symptômes ne sont pas nécessairement si précis et peuvent s'apparenter à ceux d'autres types d'infection.​</p><div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/41s4obU_5ZU?hl=fr&cc_load_policy=1" frameborder="0"></iframe><br></div><h2>Soins de la grippe</h2><p>Si vous ou <a href="/Article?contentid=969&language=French">votre enfant êtes infecté</a>, le mieux est de rester à la maison et de vous reposer. Si l'état de votre enfant ou le vôtre ne s'améliore pas au bout de quelques jours ou si vos symptômes s'aggravent, communiquez avec votre médecin ou votre service de santé publique municipal ou régional.</p><p>En Ontario, vous pouvez aussi communiquer avec Télé Santé Ontario en composant le 1-866-797-0000. </p><p>Si vous faites partie d'un groupe à risque élevé, communiquez avec votre médecin dès l'apparition des symptômes de la grippe. Ces groupes sont : les enfants en bas âges, les personnes très âgées, les femmes enceintes et les personnes atteintes d'autres maladies ou vivant dans des milieux de soins communautaires ou des établissements de soins aux malades chroniques.</p>

 

 

Influenza (flu): Protecting your family912.000000000000Influenza (flu): Protecting your familyInfluenza (flu): Protecting your familyIEnglishInfectious DiseasesChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BodyImmune systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+)Cough;Fatigue;Fever;Headache;Runny nose;Sore throat2013-11-25T05:00:00ZUpton Allen, MBBS, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE8.0000000000000065.0000000000000823.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ConditionsHealth A-Z<p>​Information about how to protect yourself and your family from influenza (flu).</p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=1110&language=English">Influenza</a> (the flu) viruses circulate every fall and winter. The flu can affect everyone, but usually makes only certain groups of people very sick. These include the very young (younger than two), the elderly (older than 65) and people who are already sick with conditions such as <a href="/article?contentid=937&language=English">diabetes</a> and chronic lung diseases.<br></p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>The flu circulates every fall and winter. The flu can affect everyone, but it can be most severe in the very young, the elderly and in people who are already sick for other reasons.</li> <li>The best way to protect yourself and your family is to try and avoid becoming infected with the flu virus. Consider getting a flu shot, keep your hands clean and stay away from sick people.</li> <li>When sick, the best thing to do is to stay home and rest. If you and/or your child do not start to feel better after a few days or if your symptoms get worse, you should call your doctor.</li> </ul><h2>Signs and symptoms of the flu</h2><h3>Typical flu symptoms may include:</h3><ul><li>aches<br></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=774&language=English">cough</a></li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=748&language=English">sore throat</a></li><li>runny nose​</li><li>fatigue or weakness</li><li>headache​</li><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=30&language=English">fever</a>​</li></ul><p>In babies, the symptoms of the flu may not be so sp​ecific and not distinct from some other infection​s.​​​</p><div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/41s4obU_5ZU" frameborder="0"></iframe><br></div><h2>Treatment of the flu</h2> <p>If you or your <a href="/Article?contentid=969&language=English">child gets sick</a>, stay home and rest. If you do not start to feel better after a few days or if your symptoms get worse, you should either call your doctor or your local municipal or regional public health agency.</p> <p>In Ontario, you can also call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.</p> <p>If you or your child is in a high-risk group, call your doctor right away when you get flu symptoms. A high-risk group is anyone who is very young, very old, pregnant, already sick with something else or is living in special communities or chronic care homes.</p><h2>Preventing the flu</h2><p>The best way to protect yourself and your family is to stay healthy. Avoid becoming infected with the flu virus. Consider getting a <a href="/Article?contentid=1111&language=English">flu shot</a>. Practice good hygiene and stay away from sick people (social distancing). By taking these simple steps, you can reduce the flu risk for yourself and your family.</p><h3>Vaccination: Get a flu shot in the fall</h3><p>The flu shot is a very important part of not getting sick. It can help stop the spread of the virus. Every year, the strains of flu included in the flu shot change, depending on what strains of flu are most common that year. The flu shot is free in Ontario; go to <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/flu-influenza.html">www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/flu-influenza.html</a> for coverage in other provinces and territories. The flu shot is also <a href="/Article?contentid=1111&language=English">safe</a>. The site of injection may be sore for a few days. Some people may also experience flu-like symptoms after the shot.<br></p><p>The vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of six months. It is very important for children six to 59 months of age, adults 65 years of age or older, residents of nursing homes or chronic care facilities, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions and Aboriginal Peoples to get the flu shot. There are ways to make the shot almost <a href="/Article?contentid=990&language=English">pain-free</a> for children.</p><p>If you have questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or call your local municipal or regional public health agency. In Ontario, you can also call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.</p><h3>Good hygiene means:</h3><ul><li> <a href="/Article?contentid=1981&language=English">Washing your hands</a> as often as possible. Get your children and other family members to do the same. If soap and water are not immediately available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.</li><li>Not touching your face. Viruses can get inside the body through the mouth, nose or eyes when an uninfected person gets the virus on their hands and then touches their face.</li><li>Covering your mouth with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. If you use a tissue, throw it away immediately and wash your hands.</li><li>Washing surfaces in your house, especially ones you touch often. These include doorknobs, fridge doors and light switches.</li></ul><h3>Social distancing means:</h3><ul><li>Reducing close or direct contact with someone who may have the flu.</li><li>Staying away from sick people.</li><li>Not shaking hands or kissing when greeting people.</li><li>Staying home as much as possible if you are sick. Try not to let people who are sick into your home.</li></ul><p>It can take a day or two for infected people to show flu symptoms. People who seem healthy can still pass the infection to others. Experts believe viruses are passed from person to person through droplets produced by coughing, sneezing or talking.</p><h3>Staying healthy and informed</h3><p>Staying healthy during flu season is always a good idea. Eat a <a href="/Article?contentid=1435&language=English">well-balanced diet</a>. Eat foods that contain vitamins C and D. This means lots of fruits, vegetables and legumes such as beans and lentils.</p><p>Stay informed about the flu and how to protect yourself. As researchers and medical experts learn more, government health agencies will provide additional information about the flu.​</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/influenza_protecting_your_family.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/influenza_protecting_your_family.jpgInfluenza (flu): Protecting your family

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