The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says the first confirmed case of Flu A was reported in Windsor-Essex County.
Last year there were 304 laboratory confirmed cases of flu, the first case reported on 8 November 2017.
The Health Unit reminds everyone that the best way to protect against influenza viruses and reduce the risk of flu is to get a flu vaccine.
The health unit warns that, although most people feel healthy, a flu-like rat has the benefits of stretching out of our immune system.
If people get swine flu every year, the likelihood of taking the flu is reduced and this means that people are unlikely to spread the disease to families, friends, and the community.
It is recommended that people protect themselves and those who like getting vaccinated. The health unit says the flu vaccine is safe.
A flu vaccine is free for people working, living or studying in Ontario. There are a number of ways that residents get a flu vaccine:
– First doctors (contact your doctor
or a nurse)
– Over 90 local pharmacies in Windsor-Essex County
– Windsor-Essex County Clinical Hospital, which will be held on Friday 16 November 2018 from 10:00 to 18:00 at Windsor University, 401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario (C.A.W. Student Center Commons)
Influenza (flu virus) is a virus that causes nose, throat and lung infections and spreads easily through the air when an infected person talks, coughs or sleeps. Flu viruses can also live on surfaces for several hours, which can cause them to get tired by touching the nose or eyes after touching the contaminated surface. Symptoms start one to three days after they are exposed and people with flu can spread the virus before experiencing the symptoms.
Influenza can affect anyone including those who are healthy, but people with a higher risk of serious complications are: small children, babies younger than 6 months (who can not get a vaccine)
adults older than 65, pregnant women, people living with chronic health conditions (such as asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, heart disease).