Educational Materials

The H1N1 Flu in Ontario: A Report by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health

On April 23, 2009, I was selected by a committee of the Ontario legislature to become this province's Chief Medical Officer of Health, a position I took up on June 15. Prior to my appointment, I was serving as the Director General of the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada, and my attention had begun to focus on a health issue that was to dominate the world's headlines for the next several months.

H1N1 and Ontario First Nations Communities Presentation

The attached document was used in a joint presentation by Dr. Arlene King and Dr. Valerie Gideon at the Ontario Chief's Assembly on July 9, 2009.

Dr. Arlene King

Chief Medical Officer of Health
Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care
Province of Ontario

Dr. Valerie Gideon

Regional Director - Ontario
First Nations & Inuit Health
Health Canada

Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Elementary and Secondary Schools

These guidelines have been developed based on the best evidence available. As more information becomes available, these guidelines will be updated.

Issued August 28, 2009

H1N1 Flu Virus Preparations and Response in Ontario Region (Presentation)

The attached presentation was used at the AIAI Elders Gathering in Batchewana First Nation on August 5, 2009.

Poster: Know What to do to Fight the H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu)

Download the attached poster. (English and French)

Flu symptoms are: cough and fever, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and lack of appetite

Protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly in warm, soapy water or use hand sanitizer
  • Cough and sneeze in your arm, not your hand
  • Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected
  • Stay home if you're sick.

Contact a health care provider if your symptoms worsen

H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu) - FACTS

UPDATED September 2009

The attached document answers these common questions about H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu)

Proper Handwashing Poster

Attached is a Proper Handwashing poster.  The poster is available in 4 languages; English, Ojibway, Cree and Oji-cree.

The six steps are:

  1. Wet hands
  2. Use liquid soap
  3. Lather, rub and count to 20
  4. Rinse
  5. Towel or air dry hands
  6. Turn off taps with towel or sleeve

Cover your Cough

Stop the spread of germs thatmake you and others sick!Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze OR cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

Put your used tissue in the waste basket.

You may be asked to put on a surgical mask to protect others.

Clean your Hands after coughing or sneezing.

Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds OR clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.

The attached poster is available in 4 languages; English, Ojibway, Cree and Oji-cree.

Caring for H1N1 Flu Cases and Contacts

Download the attached document for instruction on caring for H1N1 flu cases and contacts.

  • Instruction for Confirmed or Suspect H1N1 Cases
  • Instruction for Contacts of H1N1 Cases
  • Instruction for Caregivers of H1N1 Cases

Source: Interim Guidelines for Cases and Contacts were provided by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care - April 30, 2009

The document is available in 4 languages; English, Ojibway, Cree and Oji-cree.

Swine influenza frequently asked questions

  • What is swine influenza?
  • What are the implications for human health?
  • Where have human cases occurred?
  • How do people become infected?
  • Is it safe to eat pork meat and products?
  • What about the pandemic risk?
  • Is there a human vaccine to protect against swine influenza?
  • What drugs are available for treatment?
  • What should I do if I am in regular contact with pigs?
  • How can I protect myself from getting swine influenza from infected people?