Influenza is a contagious viral disease of the respiratory system. Influenza is spread by coughing, sneezing or direct contact with the viruses in nasal and throat secretions. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever and chills, a cough, muscle aches, a headache, fatigue, and a runny or stuffy nose.
In most cases, influenza is a self-limiting illness that may result in being home sick for a few days. Influenza can result in hospitalization and death, especially in very young children, the elderly, and those with serious underlying health conditions.
Immunization prevents influenza illness in about 70% of healthy children and adults.
In the Cypress Health Region, influenza immunization clinics will be taking place in October and November. Please visit the Cypress Health website
for a complete listing of all flu clinics being held throughout the region.