According to a media report, the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties health unit reports many cases in the Quinte area.
Spokesperson for the Hastings and Prince Edward Health Unit, Stephanie McFaul, says there have been ▲34-lab-confirmed cases so far this season. And she says this is just the “tip of the iceberg” since many more flu cases are not lab-tested.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that causes mild to severe illness. People of any age can get the flu. Illness usually lasts from two to seven days and sometimes longer in the elderly or people with chronic diseases. Symptoms vary from person to person, but can include fever, chills, cough, runny eyes, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and extreme weakness and fatigue. Children may also experience ear aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. See Hazard tab for details.
Some people, such as older adults, young children and those with certain health conditions, are at higher risk for serious flu complications.
McFaul says the best way to get protection against influenza is to get a flu shot. There is still time, and free flu shots are available at the health unit.
Flu shots are free and are available to anyone over six months of age who lives, works or attends school in Ontario. Flu shots are given at any of the health unit’s regular immunization clinics. For a list of clinic schedules, visit http://www.yourhealthunit.ca/. Many doctors also offer flu shots in their offices and clinics.