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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Toronto Public Health Reminder About Prevention of Spread of Viruses
Flu season begins each year as early as October and continues through to May, with the peak times being between November and January. Influenza, as well as a number of other viruses that cause coughs and colds continue to circulate in Toronto. In addition, norovirus, a common cause of vomiting and diarrhea, is also being seen in Toronto.
There are a number of steps you and your family can take to help prevent the spread of influenza, other viruses that cause coughs and colds, and viruses that cause vomiting and diarrhea, such as norovirus. These include:
  • Get your flu shot: Influenza immunization is the most effective way to prevent influenza illness.
  • Clean your hands: Clean hands frequently using alcohol-based hand rubs (with a minimum of 70% alcohol). If hands are visibly dirty, they should be cleaned with soap and water.
  • Cover your cough: Use a tissue or cough/sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Anyone who becomes ill should stay home from work or school.
For more information about seasonal influenza, norovirus and the flu vaccine, please visit the Toronto Public Health website​.

If you have additional questions please contact Toronto Health Connection (416-338-7600).