Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

Influenza is a viral infection that affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and, occasionally, lungs. Infection usually lasts for about a week, and is characterized by sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, headache and severe malaise, non-productive cough, sore throat and runny nose.

Influenza tends to spread rapidly by contact. Most infected people recover within one to two weeks without requiring medical treatment. However, in the very young, the elderly, and those with other medical conditions, infection can lead to important complications of the underlying condition, pneumonia and death.

You are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu if you are and adult or child with a chronic health condition, are a resident of a nursing home or are 65 and older.

Pregnant women, healthy children ages 6-23 months, child care providers and persons who are in contact with high risk patients should also ensure to get the flu shot.

Flu Prevention Tips from the CDC (Centres for Disease Control)

For more information, please visit the following resources:

Public Health Agency of Canada

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care…

World Health Organization…