Take Influenza Seriously – Get the Shot! {Healthy Living}

Influenza

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 Influenza Immunization – “The Flu Shot”

Seasonal Flu – What is it?

Influenza, or the flu, is a common and highly contagious, infectious respiratory disease that affects the nose, throat and lungs. Influenza viruses can change rapidly. That’s why there is a new flu shot made every year to protect against the circulating virus strains.

Seasonal Flu – Symptoms

Almost always:

  • Sudden onset of a cough and fever

Sometimes:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Common:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Decreased appetite
  • Runny nose

Influenza affects 5 to 10% of Canadians each year. While the majority who become sick will recover, the flu results in an average of 20,000 hospitalizations and 4,000 to 8,000 deaths in Canada each year.

If you’re sick, stay home!

Stay home from work if you’re sick and keep your children home from school when they have cold or influenza symptoms. If you go out when you’re sick, you may spread your illness to co-workers, classmates, neighbours or others. It may take you longer to get better if you are not well rested. Wait until you no longer have a fever and your cough is improving.

Practice proper cough etiquette

The influenza virus spreads quickly from person to person through droplets in the air. These droplets come from our noses and mouths when we cough or sneeze, so cover your mouth with a tissue or raise your arm up to your face to cough or sneeze into your sleeve. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands immediately.

Influenza Flu shot offers the best protection

Combined with regular hand washing, the flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus. Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) encourages all Canadians over age six months to get a flu shot. It is particularly important for health professionals to be immunized to protect themselves and their patients.

Get your flu shot early

Each year there is a new vaccine to protect against new strains of the influenza virus. The best time to get your influenza vaccine is early, between October and December, before the number of influenza cases increases in Canada. But, the shot is still effective even if you put off getting it until later in the season. It takes about two weeks after immunization before the flu shot gives you full protection.

Information contained in this post was obtained from the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

{Disclaimer – The material provided on this site is designed for information and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be a self-diagnostic and/or self treatment tool. I urge you to use this information as a tool for discussing your condition and/or concerns with your health practitioner.}

Comments

  1. We already had the ‘flu’, but will probably get an immunization anyway. Our resistance is probably down to whatever else is lurking out there. Thanks for the update and the reminder.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  2. I cannot tell you how important the flu shot is. I have two members of my family that are susceptible to illness, so getting a flue shot is a necessity in our household!

  3. With some very serious health conditions in our house this year we are for the first time considering getting the flu shot. Thank you for the information and the link!

  4. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice says:

    I definitely will be getting my shot….next week,actually. Now if I could only convince my hubby to do likewise!!! Great post!

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