Flu, or influenza, strikes in late fall through winter.
Symptoms include runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, headache, muscle pain, and extreme tiredness.
It’s not to be mistaken for the common cold—it’s a serious disease and one of the top 10 causes of death in Canada according to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
Flu shots start to be offered in October. Everyone six months of age and older is advised to get vaccinated.
Vancouver Coastal Health has scheduled clinics in various locations, including one from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on October 27 at the Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way).
You can also book appointments with your family doctor, walk-in clinic, or pharmacy. You can also stop the flu from spreading by washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your shirtsleeves rather than on your palm.