Wednesday September 4, 2019
With cooler months ahead, the yearly influenza (the flu) will soon be making its dreaded appearance. The flu isn’t just a nuisance that occurs yearly, it can also wreak havoc in your personal and professional life. It is very contagious and can spread quickly around your household and workplace.
In Canada alone, there are approximately 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths due to the flu every year. Continue reading to find out more about the flu.
Australia is having a terrible 2019 flu season.
As of June 2019, there have been 31,220 people diagnosed with the flu in Australia. This number is significantly higher than June 2018, where there were only 1,984. Numbers have not been this high since before 2001. So far there have been 192 deaths from the flu in Australia.
What does the flu statistics of a country all the way across the world have to do with Canada?
According to Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases physician at Toronto General Hospital, flu season in the southern hemisphere is “not an excellent, but a moderate predictor of what the flu will be like in the northern hemisphere.”
If what is going on in Australia right now is any indication, then Canada may be facing a flu season that is high in numbers of illnesses, hospitalizations and death.
Symptoms of the flu vs the common cold
Flu symptoms usually appear 1 to 4 days after virus exposure. Symptoms of the flu and the cold can appear to be very similar. Here is a chart to help you determine whether you have the flu or just a common cold.
Who is most at risk
Some people are at a higher risk of getting the flu. These include:
Tips to avoid getting the flu
Anyone can get the flu. Here are several things that you can do to avoid catching or spreading the flu virus.
The flu can lead to serious health problems or in extreme cases, death. If you experience any health issues that may be of concern, it is recommended that you seek medical attention immediately.
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