Flu and stomach flu season

The wintery season: Increased spreading of cold, flu, and stomach-flu viruses

In winter, illnesses such as otitis, sinusitis, flu, and stomach flu—among others—are common. It's important to know how to treat and relieve symptoms to stay healthy. While you might need to see a doctor sometimes, there are other options than the emergency room. Find out about these alternatives and tips to help you feel better and avoid spreading viruses.

Consultation Options

If you have persisting symptoms, here are some options before you decide to head to the emergency room:

1.    Consult a pharmacist.
2.    Call your family doctor or your clinic.
3.    Call Info-Santé 811, option 1, for a doctor's appointment or a health service that meets your needs.
4.   Contact the Primary Care Access Point online or by calling 811, option 3, if you don't have a family doctor.

The situation is getting urgent? Find the nearest emergency room.

When and where to consult (French)

Flu and Stomach Flu

The Flu

The flu (influenza) is transmitted very easily and can cause serious complications, especially in more vulnerable people.

Stomach Flu (gastroenteritis)

The “Gastro” is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestine, which causes diarrhea and vomiting.

Preventing the Flu and Stomach Flu

  • Wash your hands often, especially when you are with people. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Keep a large bottle of antibacterial gel and box of tissues within easy reach.
  • Clean frequently used items: door handles, toilet handles, remote controls, switches, telephones, favorite toys, etc.
  • If you are serving dip, prepare small individual bowls. This is a good way to keep viruses at bay.
  • Do not share glasses or utensils. Identify your glass
  • Take care of your immune system: rest, take a short nap if necessary, and limit stress. Stay active. Dress for the weather.
  • Avoid contact with people who are or have recently been ill. They might still be contagious.
  • Vaccination is your best ally against the flu!

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