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The flu and you

The flu and why prevention is important

Definition

Seasonal influenza, commonly known as the flu, is an infection in the airways caused by the influenza virus. Highly contagious, this respiratory infection affects the nose, throat, and lungs.

The flu spreads quickly and is caught easily. When people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk, tiny water droplets containing the virus are emitted, which can stay active for up to 48 hours.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of the flu are runny, stuffy nose, a sore throat, chest discomfort and coughing. A high fever is also common, and may last 3-4 days.

Headaches, as well as general aches and pain may be severe. Fatigue and weakness are common and can last 2-3 weeks or longer.

WHY THE FLU CAN BE SERIOUS

Last year in Canada there were over 12,000 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths due to the flu.

Age plays a factor. Of those hospitalized, 50-70% were people over the age of 65. Some of thes cases resulted in long-term disability.

The flu can lead to other complications. Asthma and bronchitis can result from the flu’s effect on the lungs. Heart problems and ear infections have also been know to occur.

Getting over the flu is not quick. Healthy adults who get the flu may need a couple sick days off to recover from extreme exhaustion. As well, productivity can fall for 2-3 weeks due to fatigue.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT GETTING THE FLU?

Find out ways to protect you and your family from getting the flu.

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Book your flu shot now!

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