Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

May 13, 2009 14:58 ET

Health Minister, Chief Public Health Officer Help Kids Learn Basics of Flu Prevention

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 13, 2009) - Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. David Butler-Jones visited a local elementary school today to talk to children about how to prevent the spread of the flu.

"Reaching out to children is important to get young people thinking about preventing infection and disease as a part of everyday life," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Establishing good hand-washing and other hygiene habits early will help kids stay healthy over their lifetimes."

"No matter how old or young we are, knowledge is our best defence," said Dr. Butler-Jones. "Today, we're teaching simple lessons about covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands properly that apply to all of us at every age."

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To reduce the chances of becoming infected from H1N1 flu virus:

- Wash your hands often and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer;

- Cough and sneeze in your arm, not your hand;

- Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected; and

- Stay home if you're sick, unless directed to seek medical care.

Flu-like symptoms include:

- Fever;

- Cough;

- Runny nose;

- Sore throat;

- Body aches;

- Fatigue; and

- Lack of appetite.

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