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Flu Clinic

The Medical Centre is currently offering 8 seasonal flu clinics for high-risk patients rostered to a Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner at The Medical Centre.

Clinics run on Tuesday and Saturdays.

2016 FLU CLINIC SCHEDULE

October

11, 18, 25
5:30pm -7:45pm
15, 22, 29
8:30am -1:15pm

November

1
5:30pm -7:45pm
5
8:30am -1:15pm

Helpful Tips

If you do not have a healthcare provider, please contact the Peterborough County-City Health Unit Immunization Clinic at (705) 743-1000 or visit them online at www.pcchu.ca

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.