The facts about the flu

The flu is a highly contagious virus that anyone can catch. Learn how you can prevent getting it and spreading it this flu season.

Rachel Harper - 23 October 2018

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious virus that anyone can catch. Flu season generally runs from October to late April / early May in Canada, with the peak flu season taking place between December and February.

Canada has a national surveillance system called FluWatch that monitors the spread of influenza and influenza-like illnesses. The system produces weekly reports, accessible to the public, that provide a national picture of influenza activity in Canada.

Learn quick facts about the flu, and how you can prevent getting it and spreading it this flu season.

Sources

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Alberta Health Services