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If you receive the flu shot from a pharmacy or the health unit, please contact your family physician or nurse practitioner to let them know.

The Medical Centre will be offering the flu vaccine to patients (age 65 and beyond) rostered to family physicians of The Medical Centre. The Flu Clinics will begin in mid-October and will be offered on Saturdays, over a four week period. This service is provided on a walk-in, first come, first served basis. Specific dates and times to be announced in September. Please monitor this page for future updates.

Flu Virus

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, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, extreme weakness and fatigue. Symptoms may vary from person to person. For example, the elderly may not have a fever. Children can also have earaches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The cough and fatigue can persist for up to several weeks, making the return to full personal and work activities difficult.

People of any age can get the flu and illness usually lasts two to seven 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 requiring 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, eating utensils, and unwashed hands.

What Are The Symptoms Of The Flu?

People who get the flu may have common symptoms that can include a fever, chills, cough, runny eyes, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, extreme weakness and fatigue. Symptoms may vary from person to person.

What Is The Difference Between A Cold And The Flu?

The common cold and flu symptoms are often very similar. Use the chart below to help you determine if what you have is a simple cold, or the flu.

*Colds do not generally result in serious health problems such as pneumonia or bacterial infections.

Symptom Cold Influenza
Prevention Frequent hand washing Annual immunization and frequent hand washing
Fever Rare Usual; high fever (102 ° F/39 ° C - 104 ° F, 40 ° C), sudden onset, lasts 3 to 4 days.
Headache Rare Usual; can be severe
Muscle aches and pains Sometimes, generally mild Usual; often severe
Tiredness and weakness Sometimes, generally mild Usual; severe, may last up to 2 to 3 weeks
Extreme tiredness Unusual Usual; early onset, can be severe
Runny, stuffy nose Common Common
Sneezing Common Sometimes
Sore throat Common Common
Chest discomfort, coughing Sometimes, mild to moderate Usual, can become severe.
Complications Can lead to sinus congestion or infection, and ear aches.* Can lead to pneumonia and respiratory failure, and become life-threatening. Can worsen a chronic condition.

NOTE: Children may also experience the croup, ear infections, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea when they have influenza - these symptoms are not common in adults.