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November 20, 2012
Update: Influenza activity in Northwestern, Ontario ~ First confirmed cases for 2012/2013 season
The Northwestern Health Unit is reporting that there is now lab
evidence of influenza disease in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts.
Manager of Infectious Diseases, Donna Stanley says that “though community flu clinics are winding up, there is still a chance to get your flu shot”. Stanley goes on to say “flu shots are available until spring, but getting yours before you get sick makes sense”.
Influenza starts suddenly and will keep many normally healthy people away from regular activity for one or two weeks or more. It can hospitalize people with other health issues, and kill some elderly people and infants. See
Now that influenza is present in our region, it’s important to know how to recognize it compared to the common cold or a stomach bug that feels terrible but lasts only a few days.
The flu is NOT:
• Caused by the flu shot. Sometimes by coincidence a person is hit with a virus around the same time as getting the flu shot.
• A day or two of vomiting and diarrhea that many suffer with at this time of year.
• A bad cold with most symptoms above the shoulders (sinus pain, congestion, cough, stuffy
The flu IS:
• Caused by the influenza virus.
• Severe aches and pains, headache, and a fever often above 38.5 Celsius that lasts for 2-4 days.
• Extreme exhaustion, and fatigue and weakness that can last 2-3 weeks.
• Cough and chest discomfort that can be severe, with the occasional stuffy nose and sore throat.
To make an appointment for your flu shot call 1-866-468-2240. Tell the operator to connect you with the office in the community where you would like to receive your flu shot.
For more information: Donna Stanley, Manager, Infectious Diseases
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