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About the Flu

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Protecting Yourself and Others

The most effective way to protect yourself and others from the flu is by getting an annual flu shot.

There are also many other actions you can take to prevent getting and spreading the flu including:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Don’t touch your face, especially the mouth, nose and eyes
  • Regularly clean and disinfect common surfaces
  • Avoid crowds
  • Don’t share personal items and drinks
  • Support your immune system through healthy lifestyle choices such as staying physically active and eating healthy meals
  • Take your multivitamins and vitamin C
  • Get enough sleep
  • Manage stress levels

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Symptom Comparison

It’s easy to confuse cold, flu and COVID-19 symptoms because they can seem quite similar. We’ve gathered some resources that can help you understand more about the differences.

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics and because some of the symptoms are similar, it’s easy to get them confused. For instance, common symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are fever, cough, aches and pains.

If you’re unsure whether you have the flu or COVID-19, please speak to your healthcare provider or use the online provincial COVID-19 self-assessment tools.

Click here for our Cold, Flu and COVID-19 symptom comparison chart.

Resources to Help Tell the Difference Between Flu & COVID-19:

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