Information about influenza – FACT SHEET FOR STAFF Referenced from MoH website-3 November 2005 What is influenza? Influenza (the flu) is a very infectious illness caused by a virus. It is much more serious than a common cold and can leave you ill for up to 10 days. The flu virus is spread from person to person by airborne droplets produced through sneezing, coughing, and speaking. The virus can live on surfaces for up to 8 hours at room temperature. Sometimes people become infected by touching objects with the flu virus on it, then touching their mouth or nose. You can't get the flu from the flu shot. The viruses in the flu shot are either killed or weakened and cannot give you the flu. The flu shot is safe. The flu shot has benefited millions of Canadians since 1946. Most people don't have reactions to the flu shot; those who do may have soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site. The Cold Facts is a simple worksheet that your child can use to practice both addition and subtraction. Don’t get fooled by looks – every empty box in the grid is a math problem. Kids find answers by adding/subtracting the numbers at the beginning of the row or column. The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Unlike flu, the common cold comes on gradually, rarely causes fever and is usually limited to a sore throat, coughing, sneezing and a stuffy, runny nose. Influenza (Flu) Fact Sheet What is the flu? The "flu" or influenza is a serious disease. At times it can lead to death. It is very contagious and spreads in the U.S. each year, starting in the fall and continuing through spring. The flu is caused by a virus and spread mainly by coughing, sneezing or close contact.