Regardless of Country, race, gender or religion what causes flu?
The flu is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs. It is caused mainly by 2 types of viruses:
- influenza A
- influenza B
How is flu spread?
The flu spreads very easily from person to person. Even before you notice symptoms, you may spread the virus to others. If you have the virus, you can spread it to others by:
These actions release tiny droplets containing the flu virus into the air.
You can become infected if these droplets land on your:
Infection can also happen if you touch any of these body parts after touching objects contaminated by infected droplets. Common contaminated objects include:
- television remotes
- someone’s hands
Learn how to prevent the flu and share the following information with others.
- Know the flu facts (fact sheet)
- Is it a cold or the flu? (table)
- It’s flu season (tear pad for child care)
Print and display the following educational posters about flu prevention.
See how easily the flu spreads by watching the following short video.
- The flu: don’t pass it on!
- Episode 1 – Share the good times, not the flu
- Episode 2 – Share the elevator, not the flu
- Episode 3 – Catch the wave, not the flu
- Episode 4 – Get a workout, not the flu
- Episode 5 – Share the moment, not the flu
Understand more about vaccination with the following guides.
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