Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

November 27, 2008 12:00 ET

Public Health Agency of Canada: New Web Portal Helps Canadians to Fight Flu

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2008) - Canada's provinces and territories and the Public Health Agency of Canada today launched, a pan-Canadian web portal designed to provide Canadians with one-stop access to information about influenza (the flu) and ways to limit its spread.

" provides a useful information tool for Canadians on protecting themselves from the flu," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "Federal, provincial and territorial governments have collaborated to ensure that timely, consistent and relevant information on influenza prevention and control is available to Canadians no matter where they live."

Within the portal, Canadians will find general information about influenza and how it spreads, along with simple tips to prevent infection, such as:

- Getting a flu shot;

- Handwashing;

- Covering coughs and sneezes;

- Keeping shared surfaces clean; and

- Staying home when sick.

The portal also provides fact sheets on influenza and tips for avoiding infection in over 10 languages.

In addition to this general information, visitors to the portal will also find links to influenza information campaigns within their home province or territory.

"Influenza can have serious health consequences, but it's a preventable illness," said Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer. "It's important that we all take steps to protect ourselves, our families and those around us."

To visit the portal go to .

(Egalement offert en francais)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Health
    Josee Bellemare
    Press Secretary
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    Philippe Brideau
    Media Relations