Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. These viruses can infect the nose, throat and lungs and cause mild to severe illness. The flu virus is mainly spread by tiny droplets. When people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk, these droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people nearby. A person may also get the flu by touching an object that has flu viruses on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. Some people, such as young children, seniors, and people with certain health conditions are at a higher risk of flu complications. The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potential complications is by getting the flu vaccine each year.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children
Complications of the flu can include pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, or worsening of chronic medical conditions such as asthma and diabetes.
Flu vaccine signals your body to develop antibodies, which then provide protection against flu illness. It takes about two weeks to develop protection.
This year Manitoba Health is offering a high-dose flu vaccine for clients 65 years of age and older. This vaccine contains more antigen so it helps your body build up a stronger immune response and provide stronger protection against the flu virus.
You can get your flu and/or Covid vaccine at a local community clinic, pharmacy or your health care provider.
Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) Flu Clinics will be starting November 1st. For Flu Clinic dates and locations continue to check the PMH Website and our Social Media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Flu clinics will also be offering the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Flu vaccine will also be available at Covid-19 clinics starting the first week of October. For current Covid-19 Clinics in PMH click here.
Once again, this year you will be able to book your flu vaccine appointment online or call toll free 1-844-626-8222. Walk-ins will be accepted.