Protect your Family from the Flu

Updated October 8th, 2019

What is the flu (Influenza)?

The flu is a respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. It also can affect the nose and throat. It is most common between October and April.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Typical influenza symptoms include:

  • sudden fever
  • chills and shakes
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • extreme fatigue
  • dry cough and sore throat
  • loss of appetite

Visit Caring for Kids for information on how you can help your child if they have the flu.

How can I keep my child safe?

Flu viruses change from year to year so people don’t stay immune for very long. That’s why it’s so important for you and your family to get the flu shot. Flu shots provide protection throughout the flu season. The flu vaccine is safe for children 6 months of age and older. It is also safe and highly recommended for pregnant women. Watch our video to learn more.

How can I help prevent the spread of the flu?

Handwashing is the most important way to reduce the spread of viruses and germs. It’s important to teach kids to wash their hands after coughing, sneezing, or wiping their nose. Teach your kids how to wash their hands with these four easy steps. Other ways to prevent the spread of the flu include:

Teaching your children to cover their nose and mouth with tissues when they sneeze or cough, or to cough into their upper sleeve or elbow

  • Avoid sharing cups, utensils or towels until they have been washed
  • Making sure your child receives all of the recommended vaccines

(reprinted with permission of Caring For Kids)

Where can I get a flu shot in Winnipeg?

Make sure the flu shot is available. Call before you go!

More information from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

If you think your child has the flu see Canadian Paediatric Society’s Influenza in Children article.