Its flu season Again

The 2017 – 2018 flu season was the deadliest in years, resulting in a record-breaking number of hospitalizations and several deaths. It’s crucial to take early action and be armed with information and preventative measures in order to protect yourself and those around you from the flu. According to the CDC, the symptoms are: fever, cough, sore throat, muscle ache, headache, runny or stuffy nose, chills, severe lethargy and sometimes diarrhea or vomiting, “not everyone with flu will have a fever.” If you start to feel the onset of flu-like symptoms and are unsure if it’s just a cold or something more severe, it’s always best to check in with your doctor if you’re concerned. The flu shot contains an inactive dose of the influenza virus, which prompts the immune system to create antibodies to fight off the potentially deadly viral infection. While it does not guarantee that a person will not get the flu, it does greatly reduce both the risk of contracting it and the symptoms if you do get it. During flu season you can get a free flu shot from: your family doctor, many pharmacies, Public Health Units and walk-in medical clinics. There are no fees for this service in Ontario….Ed
Source: Sophie Dodd / Photo: Ontario Ministry of Health/Rexall

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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