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Prevent the flu. It’s in your hands.


Hand washing is the most important way to prevent the spread of infection. Always wash your hands with soap and water when they are dirty.


Clean your hands before:

  • touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • touching/preparing food or drinks
  • eating or drinking
  • caring for someone in your home who can easily get sick (baby, elderly or someone who has an unhealthy immune system)
  • first aid

 Clean your hands after:

  • touching pets or other animals
  • touching raw meat, particularly chicken
  • touching surfaces such as a railing or grocery cart
  • touching money
  • touching objects sick people have touched
  • touching blood or body fluids such as urine, vomit or feces
  • contact with those who have a cold, the flu, diarrhea or virus of any kind
  • changing diapers
  • wiping your own or a child’s nose
  • sneezing or coughing
  • using a facial tissue
  • using the washroom
  • removing gloves
  • cleaning
  • gardening


What to do when you cough or sneeze:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve
  • put used tissues in the wastebasket
  • clean your hands with soap and water or a hand sanitizer



For more information call Peel Health at 905-799-7700 or visit www.peelregion.ca/flu.


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