Preventing Influenza (Flu) & Colds - Employees Workplace Health

You can protect yourself and your co-workers against the spread of influenza (flu) and cold germs by following these simple tips:

  • Get your flu shot every year 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze 
  • Throw tissues away immediately and wash your hands
  • No tissue? Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands 
  • Avoid using shared items at work like phones, tools, keyboards or other equipment 
  • Avoid touching surfaces like door knobs, ATM machines and light switches and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 
  • Stay home if you are sick or think you might be
Can’t get to a sink? Use alcohol-based hand cleanser. It is a quick and easy alternative; no water is needed – just apply and rub until dry.

Boost your immunity

The flu shot helps strengthen your body's natural immune response against the flu. The shot helps your body help itself by stimulating your immune system to build antibodies against the virus. This makes your immune system stronger and ready to fight off the flu. Make sure you get your flu shot early. The sooner you get it, the earlier you're protected! You can also boost your immunity by following these healthy eating tips and getting plenty of rest.

A Few Words about the Flu Shot

Protect yourself and your co-workers by getting your flu shot every year. Flu shots are available external link to all residents of Ontario free of charge through their physician, at area pharmacies or at local public health clinics.

Related Links

Telehealth Ontario external link

If you are ill, contact your health care provider. You can also call Telehealth Ontario for advice at 1-866-797-0000