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Wilfrid Laurier University Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management
December 2, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Personal Protection

What is Influenza?

Influenza - commonly called the flu - is a viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads easily from person to person. Influenza is monitored year-round in Canada by the surveillance system called FluWatch-Public Health Agency of Canada.

Every year millions of Canadians catch the flu, usually in late fall to early spring. Some people are only mildly affected, while others get very sick.

Flu symptoms usually start suddenly with some or all of the following:

fever or feeling feverish
a sore throat;
muscle aches and fatigue;
loss of appetite;
runny or stuffy nose

Some people, especially children, may also have stomach upset and pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Not everyone with the flu will have a fever. Most people recover from the flu in a week or 10 days. But others may develop serious complications, such as pneumonia, that can send them to hospital. The best way to protect yourself is by getting a flu shot every year.

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You can also visit Laurier's Health Services if you have further concerns, and professional, personal counselling is available through Counselling Services, located on the second floor of the Student Services Building.

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