fbpx
-6.3 C
Elmira
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Connecting Our Communities

Region makes it official, with flu season now underway

Seems like it’s been the holiday season for a while, but it’s certainly flu season now, as the Region of Waterloo Public Health department last week confirmed the first two cases of influenza in the area.

“These first cases are a signal that the flu season has started in Waterloo Region. The best way for people to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu is to get immunized,” said the region’s acting medical officer of health, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang in a release.

Those looking to avoid getting sick with the flu are advised to get their immunization shot for the upcoming season, suggests Dr. Rabia Bana.

“Immunization is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. It protects not only yourself but also individuals around you especially those who might be more vulnerable to developing serious illness from the flu,” she said.

With just two reported cases of the flu in the region, the risk is still low but that doesn’t mean it is non-existent and it is best to take action to prevent getting sick, she added. While the timing of the flu season varies from year to year, this year it started early in November and can last until about April.

Symptoms of the flu, a respiratory illness caused by viruses, include fever, chills, coughing, sore throat, congestion, a runny nose, headache and muscle pain. Most people will recover from these symptoms from seven up to 10 days.

While these are the typical symptoms, children under 5, pregnant women and adults over the age of 65 tend to be at a higher risk for developing other complications, including pneumonia.

Those who are not comfortable with getting a vaccination can alternatively take other precautions, says Bana, including washing your hands frequently, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and covering your mouth and nose when sneezing.

That said, Bana still emphasizes the flu shot as the best option.

“Immunization is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting the flu,” she said.

In the region, Public Health has reported on a limited amount of influenza cases – which can vary in the strains they carry from A to B. Right now, Bana says it is too early to determine which strain is likely to be the most prevalent.

The province last month launched its influenza immunization campaign that distributes vaccines to community health care providers.

“We also are continuing to promote the message that everyone over 6 months old should get their flu shot,” said Bana.

The vaccine is available at pharmacies, walk-in clinics and Public Health clinics. Many locations offer the flu shot without an appointment.

Click here for more information on influenza and what can be done to prevent getting sick during this season.

Aneta Rebiszewski
Aneta Rebiszewskihttps://observerxtra.com
Aneta is a Reporter/Photographer for The Observer.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to The Observer's online community. Pseudonyms are not permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that The Observer has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner The Observer chooses. Please note that The Observer does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our submission guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

CREATIVE ARTS

Answering the childhood question that rolls around at the holidays

Get into the Christmas spirit with a fresh retelling of a classic tale inspired by real events in Elora Community Theatre’s lastest offering. The story of “Yes, Virginia, There...

In Print. Online. In Pictures. In Depth.

You obviously love community journalism. Thanks for visiting today. If you have a great local story, let us know.

Woolwich to attach overdue water bills to property taxes in bid to simplify collections process

Looking to simplify the collection process for overdue water and sewer bills – and increase the chance of getting its hands on...

Kings win another pair, solidify hold on first place

Seven is considered a lucky number. The Sugar Kings likely agree after putting up seven goals twice on route to a pair...

Putting the cold on ice with the annual hat and mitten toss at Saturday’s Sugar Kings game

There’ll be no need to wait until somebody scores three goals to toss hats out onto the ice, as the Elmira Sugar...

Jacks fall to second after losing twice over the weekend

Sunday’s lousy weather may not have been to everyone’s liking, but the Wellesley Applejacks might have been the only ones happy...

Even those with jobs are increasingly reliant on food banks

An increasing number of full- and part-time workers across Ontario are accessing food bank services, a trend that can be seen in...

Answering the childhood question that rolls around at the holidays

Get into the Christmas spirit with a fresh retelling of a classic tale inspired by real events in Elora Community Theatre’s lastest offering.
- Advertisement -