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Parent/guardian information: Signs and symptoms of the flu

February 13, 2018


The Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Dufferin Public Health understand that the community is very concerned with the recent series of tragic events. We continue to work collaboratively and closely to ensure that all aspects of children’s health and well-being are addressed. School has always been and continues to be a safe place for your children. Influenza (the flu) is circulating in Ontario. Because the flu virus is widespread in our community, it is possible to get influenza from any setting (e.g., the mall, the grocery store, sports teams, clubs, etc.). There is no increased risk of getting the flu in a school compared to any other location.

What is influenza (the flu)?

Influenza is a respiratory infection that is caused by a virus, and can cause serious illness especially in young children, seniors, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions.

The flu is spread by the talking, coughing, and sneezing of an infected person.

Many people can get the flu, and the majority of people recover from the virus. It takes 1 to 4 days for flu symptoms to appear after being exposed to the virus, and most people recover in 7 to 10 days.

What are the signs and symptoms of the flu?

What can parents do to prevent the flu?

The best way to help prevent the flu is to get your child vaccinated. You can receive a flu vaccine from Public Health, your family doctor or your local pharmacy. Ask for the vaccine that includes all four strains of the flu virus.

In addition to getting vaccinated, you should:

If you have questions about the flu or the flu vaccine, call Public Health at 1-800-265-7293 or speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Remember

If your child is not feeling well

If your child is worried

Public Health is available to respond to your questions and concerns at 1-800-265-7293

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