The first locally confirmed case of influenza for this fall season has appeared, Public Health Sudbury & Districts said this morning.
"Similar to last year, this local activity indicates an early start to our influenza season. Area residents are reminded to protect themselves and others from respiratory infections by implementing simple and effective protective practices." said the news release from Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD).
“As we enter the respiratory season, getting your flu shot is a simple and effective way to protect yourself, loved ones, co-workers, and the community,” said Christina Baier, a manager in the PHSD Health Protection Division.
She said the flu vaccine is available at many locations throughout the city, including local drug stores and doctor's offices.
“Check with your local pharmacy or health care provider about COVID-19 and influenza vaccine availability as it is safe to receive both at the same time," said Baier.
The health unit said influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause fever, cough, muscle aches and fatigue. Most people will recover from influenza infection within a week to 10 days, but some are at greater risk of developing more severe complications such as pneumonia. Children can also have mild stomach upset due to influenza. The most common symptoms usually include fever, runny nose, and cough, said PHSD.
With some common symptoms to other respiratory illnesses, it can be difficult to know what virus you have.
Regardless of the cause of the infection, the health unit is recommending preventive measures:
- Stay home (self-isolate) until you have no fever and your symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours.
- Wear a well-fitted mask if you must leave home for a critical reason (such as to seek testing or medical care).
- Wear a mask for up to 10 days after the self-isolation period.
- Wear a mask in crowded indoor settings.
- Wash your hands frequently.
For more information on the influenza virus or COVID-19 and influenza vaccination opportunities, please visit us online at phsd.ca/COVID-19/vaccine-clinics or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705-522-9200 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200).