The Public Health Agency of Canada is asking parents to teach your kids how to avoid the flu. With flu season underway they note kids are in school which is a prime location for sharing germs including flu bugs. Their spokesperson Rebecca Gilman says in addition to the flu vaccine your kids can take other steps. She suggests kids wash their hands frequently and thoroughly, cough and sneeze into the bend in their arm not their hands, avoid touching their nose, mouth or eyes with their hands which means no nail biting, eat healthy foods and be active to keep their immune system strong, keep shared surfaces and objects clean including things like light switches, toys and mobile devices and get plenty of rest.
Gilman adds if your child develops the flu keep them at home to avoid spreading it to other people. To learn more visit www.canada.ca/flu.