Influenza (The flu)

The flu (influenza) is a contagious virus that anyone can get. Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, and it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. If you think you have COVID-19, you should get tested.

Flu season typically runs from late fall to early spring. You should get a flu shot as soon as possible because it takes two weeks to take effect. The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months old and older. It is:

  • safe (including for kids and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)
  • free
  • available from your doctor or nurse practitioner, and at participating pharmacies and local public health units across the province
  • proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu
  • different each year because the virus changes frequently – so you need to get it every fall

Other tips to avoid getting and spreading the flu include:

Wash your hands often
  • even after getting the flu shot, washing with soap and water for at least 15 seconds helps keep the virus from spreading
  • if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • use a tissue and throw it out rather than putting it in your pocket, on a desk or table
  • if you don’t have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve
Don’t touch your face
  • the flu virus spreads when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk and droplets enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth
Stay at home when you’re sick
  • viruses spread more easily in group settings, such as businesses, schools and nursing homes
Clean surfaces and shared items
  • viruses can live for 24 to 48 hours on hard surfaces such as countertops, door handles, computer keyboards and phones

For more information, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Get the Facts on COVID-19.

Video – Dr Peter Lin, Toronto   

Released September 1, 2022

To All Fleming College Staff and Students:

Fleming is committed to keeping our communities safe and healthy, and will continue to follow provincial directives and the advice of local public health officials.

We strongly encourage all members of our community to be fully vaccinated, including booster shots.

The College remains a mask-friendly environment and we strongly encourage the use of masks. We ask that all members of the community be respectful of your peer’s decision.

While we encourage full vaccination and masking in alignment with provincial guidelines, neither are mandated at this time. The College will continue to partner with provincial and local health officials, monitoring and acting to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and external community.

The College also asks that if you are feeling ill, please do not come to campus.

We look forward to seeing you in person.


Maureen Adamson

President, Fleming College

About the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 typically affect the upper respiratory tract and can cause the common cold and pneumonia. In some cases, the virus can cause more severe symptoms.  More information on the new coronavirus and its symptoms are available from the Government of Canada.

What to do if you feel sick.

As during any flu season, if you feel sick, follow the usual best practices:

  • Stay home.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands, or cough/sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • If your symptoms escalate, contact your health-care provider or visit the Campus Health Centre.


There are steps you can take to prevent the spread of viruses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Clean hard surfaces in shared spaces with disinfectant.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Scented Product Guidelines

Released April 30, 2019

Responding to Scent-Related Questions in the Fleming Workplace

Fragrances are found in a wide range of products, including perfume, cologne, deodorant, soap, shampoo, hairspray, air fresheners, essential oil room diffusers and cleaning agents. Exposure to fragrance chemicals in scented products can trigger health reactions in some individuals with conditions such as asthma, allergies, migraines, or chemical sensitivities. The guidelines below are intended to provide some steps for responding to scent- related issues in the Fleming work and learning environment.

If you use scented products:

  • Use them sparingly. A general guideline is that the scent should not be detectable more than an arm’s length away from the
  • Consider using unscented

If you experience health effects or discomfort from exposure to scented products:

  • If the source of your symptoms is isolated to a specific scent or individual, approach the individual if you feel comfortable doing so. Let them know in a cordial and respectful manner that you react to fragrances and describe the types of symptoms you experience. Ask for their understanding and cooperation in avoiding or minimizing the use of the
  • If you are uncomfortable approaching the fragrance user, if the user continues to use the fragrance after you have talked to them, or if the scent issue is more generalized, inform your supervisor about your concerns. Discuss options for dealing with the issue. Ask them to discuss the matter with the individual, the work group or the class, asking for their cooperation in not using or minimizing their use of scented
  • Consult with your physician about your
  • Consult with Fleming resources, such as the Student Services, the Health & Safety web

If you are a supervisor and are approached by an employee about scented product concerns:

  • Be open with and respectful to the individual who comes to you with information that he/she is sensitive to scented products. Clarify the issue as to the type of products, the health reaction and whether the individual has consulted a physician about their symptoms. You may request that the individual provide you with supporting medical information from his/her
  • Use good judgment to provide an appropriate and timely resolution. Look at measures to reasonably accommodate those who are affected by scented products. Depending on what is appropriate to the circumstances, this may range from a request for individuals to voluntarily cooperate in establishing a scent-reduced environment, to a possible relocation of a person who is being affected by scented products.
  • Decide whether you should discuss the issue with an individual or an entire group. Discuss the issue in an open and non-threatening manner. Focus on the potential health concerns associated with fragrance chemicals, and the types of actions individuals can
  • Consult with Fleming resources, such as Student Services or the Health & Safety web

If you are approached about the scented product you wear:

  • If an employee, student or supervisor informs you that the scented product that you use is a concern to others and asks that you reduce its use, or not use it at all, you may initially feel hurt, upset, puzzled or annoyed. Focus the conversation, in an open and respectful manner, on the issue of fragrances, and the chemicals in the scented product. Discuss the issue openly, and work with cooperation and understanding towards a satisfactory

Health and Safety Alert

With winter finally upon us, the Dept. of Health & Safety would like to provide a few tips to maximize safe winter walking while on campus.

Safe Winter Walking Tips: 

  • Wear proper footwear. Proper footwear should place the entire foot on the surface of the ground and have visible treads. Avoid a smooth sole and opt for a heavy treaded shoe with a flat bottom.
  • Plan ahead. While walking on snow or ice on sidewalks or in parking lots, walk consciously. Instead of looking down, look up and see where your feet will move next to anticipate ice or uneven surface. Occasionally scan from left to right to ensure you are not in the way of vehicles or other hazards.
  • Use your eyes and ears. While seeing the environment is important, you also want to be sure you can hear approaching traffic and other noises. Avoid listening to music or engaging in conversation that may prevent you from hearing oncoming traffic or snow removal equipment.
  • Anticipate ice. Be wary of thin sheets of ice that may appear as wet pavement (black ice). Often ice will appear in the morning, in shady spots or where the sun shines during the day and melted snow refreezes at night.
  • Walk steps slowly. When walking down steps, be sure to grip handrails firmly and plant your feet securely on each step.
  • Enter a building carefully. When you get to your destination such as school, work, etc., be sure to look at the floor as you enter the building. The floor may be wet with melted snow and ice.
  • Be careful when you shift your weight. When stepping off a curb or getting into a car, be careful since shifting your weight may cause an imbalance and result in a fall.
  • Avoid taking shortcuts. A shortcut path may be treacherous because it is likely to be located where snow and ice removal is not possible. Please stay on designated paths.
  • Look up. Be careful about what you walk under. Injuries can also result from falling snow/ice as it blows, melts or breaks away from awnings, buildings, etc.

If you have any questions about safe winter walking on campus, please reach out to safety@flemingcollege.ca.