Flu and stomach flu season

The flu and stomach flu (gastroenteritis) are widespread in the population during the winter months.

If you are experiencing symptoms, refer to the Decision Assistant, which is a chart to help you decide when and where to seek assistance

And that lets you protect your health and that of your loved ones.


When and where to consult

Before going to the Emergency room

Are you concerned about your health or that of a loved one?

Are you concerned about your child's health? Visit the page fever, flu-like symptoms or gastroenteritis in children (french). 

Flu and Stomach Flu

The Flu

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

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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