• It is a respiratory (lung) infection that is caused by a virus.
  • It is NOT a common cold.

Children with Influenza may return to school 5-7 days from the start of symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue (over tired)


Spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing or by direct contact with articles used by the infected person.

Treatment & Prevention

  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and not to share food, drink or eating utensils with others. (teach your children this)
  • It is important to wash your hands with soap and water after coughing, sneezing, wiping a nose, eating or before preparing food.
  • Stay a home if you are not feeling well. Keep your child at home if they are not feeling well. This will help stop the spread of influenza to others.
  • If your child has a fever greater than 39°C or if symptoms continue to persist, contact your doctor.

There is also an influenza vaccine that can help prevent you from getting the virus.

Influenza is a reportable disease and must be reported to the Local Medical Officer of Health under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.