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The flu season in Manitoba usually begins in the late fall and lasts into the spring. The flu is an infection caused by a virus. It can spread easily from one person to another through coughing, sneezing or sharing food or drinks. You can also get the flu by touching objects contaminated with flu virus and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.
Here are some proven ways to help reduce the spread of germs and viruses:
: Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water for at least 15 seconds.
: Cough or sneeze into the inside of the elbow.
Eyes, nose, and mouth
: Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs and viruses can transfer from the hands into the body in this way.
Stay at least one metre away from anyone who is sick. Please keep children who are sick at home. Do not send them to school. They should not be around other people until they are better.
Be sure to phone the school to let them know your child will be away.
If you have questions, please contact your healthcare provider.
For more information, contact Health Links 788-8200 or visit the Manitoba Health website: www.gov.mb.ca/health