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.
- Waterloo Region: General information on influenza, what individuals and families can do to prepare for a pandemic, and what the Region of Waterloo, in cooperation with its community partners, is doing to prepare for a pandemic.
- Waterloo Region Emergency Management: Additional ways you can prepare and a brief history of the 1918-1919 pandemic in Waterloo Region.
- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: All you need to know about an influenza pandemic.
- Government of Canada: Information on the preparedness and response to a potential influenza pandemic.
- World Health Organization: Epidemic and pandemic alert and response.
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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