The flu is a respiratory infection that can be caused by a variety of influenza viruses. It usually strikes between November and April each year and infects an average of 25 per cent of the population. The influenza vaccine campaign is a way of protecting you and your family from the potentially serious impact from the influenza viruses that surround you and your family.
The vaccine is created as a protection from the three most virulent and current strains of viruses that are known to cause influenza-like symptoms. It’s not a guarantee that you will not suffer from a ‘flu,’ however, it is extra protection and usually reduces the likelihood of suffering through a bad bout of the flu.
Most people recover within one to two weeks. However, having influenza can be especially dangerous for the oldest and for the youngest age groups, since they are more at risk of suffering from pneumonia, or being hospitalized with other complications of influenza. In fact, in Canada, 4000-8000 people die each year from complications related to influenza. It is ideal if we all obtain a protective shot since it will reduce the chance of spreading the virus from middle-aged adults to either the young or older segments of our community. Each year, doctor’s offices and local health units offer free flu vaccinations.
Regardless of your age, if you do suffer from an influenza-like illness or a bad cold virus, there are useful over-the-counter solutions that your pharmacist can recommend to make you feel much better.
For helpful advice and assistance with your health, contact Lane Family Pharmasave at 705-746-2187, or toll-free at 1-800-661-6106, or visit www.lanefamilypharmacy.com.