Date: May 22, 2019

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Influenza & the Flu Vaccine

This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, October 17, 2016 9:44 AM

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What is Influenza?

Influenza is also called "the flu." It is a serious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus.

The flu usually lasts 2-7 days; sometimes longer in the elderly and in people with chronic health problems. The cough and fatigue can last for several weeks. About 12,200 people are hospitalized by the flu every year in Canada, and on average 3,500 deaths are related to the flu (NACI, 2015).

People who get the flu may have a fever, chills, cough, runny eyes, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, extreme weakness and fatigue. Children can have ear aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The elderly may not have a fever.


What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

Colds, stomach flu and other viral infections are often confused with the flu but they are caused by viruses different from the flu virus.

 This image shows a table of symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, runny or stuff nose, sneezing, sore throat, chest discomfort and complications. It then compares thees symptoms to show the difference between a Cold or Flu. High fever, headache, extreme fatique, and complications are symptoms typically only seen with influenza.

Preventing the flu

The flu shot is the best defence against the flu virus. The vaccine can prevent influenza illness in 70%-90% of healthy children and adults.

For more information about influenza and the Flu Shot vaccine including:

  • Who should get the flu shot
  • Who should NOT get the flu shot
  • Risks with receiving a flu shot
  • All options to boost protection 

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