What is the Flu?
Influenza, commonly known as the "flu", is a serious, acute respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. People who get the flu may have common symptoms that can include a fever, chills, cough, runny eyes, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, stuffy nose, extreme weakness or fatigue. Symptoms may vary from person to person.
People of any age can get the flu and illness usually lasts 2 to 7 days; sometimes longer in the elderly and in people with chronic diseases. Most people who get the flu are ill for only a few days. However, some people can become very ill, possibly developing complications and require hospitalization.
The flu spreads through coughing, sneezing or talking. It is also spread through direct contact with surfaces contaminated by the influenza virus, such as toys, door knobs and unwashed hands.
When attending the DRFMC flu clinic please remember to wear short sleeves. .
Helpful links to additional flu information
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Information provided by Public Health Ontario and the CDC