Prevention

The flu and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines are your best defence against complications.

The flu and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines are your best defence against infection and potentially deadly complications.

To reduce your risk even more:

  • If you smoke, try to quit. It can damage the natural defences of your lungs.
  • Wash your hands regularly. When soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Keep your hands away from your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • Regularly clean high-touch areas of your home (e.g., door handles, light switches, handrails, faucets, remote controls).
  • Avoid crowded places and people who have the flu.
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue. Immediately throw it away and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze and cough into your sleeve.

If you’re sick, stay home from work, school and public places to help reduce spread in your community.

Get the flu shot

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If you have questions about getting the flu shot, reach out to our Lung Health Line for free personalized assistance from a Certified Respiratory Educator. Chat online at lunghealth.ca or call toll-free 1-888-344-LUNG (5864).

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