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Anyone can catch the flu. It’s important to protect yourself – and others – by learning about the virus and recognizing the symptoms. The flu (influenza) is a contagious virus that anyone can get. But there are several things you can do to avoid catching it, or spreading it to others. If you think you might have the flu, Ontario health recommends that you stay home and self-isolate. If you think you have COVID-19, you can get tested at a COVID-19 testing location.

You can call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 to take to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You do not need to provide your OHIP number and all information is confidential. However, the flu shot is your best defence. This year’s flu season is taking place at the same time as COVID-19. Don’t take any unnecessary risks with your health. Get the flu shot and get it early. The flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months old and older.

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Each year in late fall and through the winter, flu strikes.

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a common, highly-contagious respiratory infection that affects the nose, throat and lungs, and makes you feel quite ill. Symptoms usually last about a week to 10 days. The flu is not like a common cold. It is a serious infection especially in infants, seniors and in people who have other medical conditions such as diabetes, anemia, cancer immune suppression, HIV or kidney disease.

The flu may also lead to complications, such as pneumonia, and may worsen certain other conditions like asthma, congestive heart failure or diabetes.

The flu spreads through droplets that are spread by people infected with the flu. These droplets are spread through coughing, sneezing or even talking. Sneezes can send germs flying as far as six feet. The flu is also spread by direct contact with objects and surfaces that have come in contact with flu germs, e.g., toys, eating utensils, drinking glasses, and most importantly, unwashed hands. Flu germs can live on surfaces for 2-8 days. The flu spreads very quickly from person to person because during the months when flu is circulating in the community, people tend to spend more time indoors, in closer proximity to other people.

Remember that people may be contagious BEFORE they know they have the flu and AFTER their symptoms have gone. People may be contagious for a few days before symptoms begin and for 5-7 days after becoming sick.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the best way to prevent the flu is to have a flu vaccination each year, in the late fall. Since the virus causing the flu changes from year to year, the flu vaccine you received last year may not protect you this year.

In Canada, the flu season usually runs from November to April. This is why it is important to get your flu shot between October and December, before the number of cases of flu increases in Canada.

The number of cases of the flu varies from year to year. It will depend on:

• How actively infectious the strains of flu are in that year

• How closely the flu vaccine matches the flu strain

• How careful people are to avoid getting the flu 

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control both advise that the best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get an annual flu vaccine. If the vaccine and the flu strain are a good match, the vaccine can prevent the flu in about 70%-90% of healthy children and adults. Approximately 3-7.5 million Canadians will get the flu in any given year.

In Canada, the flu season usually runs from November to April. This is why it is important to get your flu shot between October and December, before the number of cases of flu increases in Canada.

The number of cases of the flu varies from year to year. It will depend on:

• How actively infectious the strains of flu are in that year

• How closely the flu vaccine matches the flu strain

• How careful people are to avoid getting the flu 

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control both advise that the best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get an annual flu vaccine. If the vaccine and the flu strain are a good match, the vaccine can prevent the flu in about 70%-90% of healthy children and adults. Approximately 3-7.5 million Canadians will get the flu in any given year.

WELCOME TO MILLCROFT PHARMACY

Millcroft Pharmacy is located in Burlington, Ontario on Appleby Line. We have been providing high-quality health care and medicine advice for years in the area. Our team will not just fill your prescriptions but make sure that you understand how to take your medications properly. Our compassion and guidance are available to you when you need it most – at a time when you or your family has issues affecting your health.

2500 Appleby Line
Unit D10, Burlington ON