Flu on the rise in Northern B.C., get vaccinated

The flu bug is spreading across the region, Northern Health says, and it's not too late to get immunized for the season.

“We know that viruses spread more easily during peak season for these illnesses, and that some people such as seniors and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for complications,” said Medical Health Officer Dr. Rakel Kling in a news release Thursday. 

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“It’s not too late for people to get the flu shot, which this year has been shown to be a good match with the strains of the virus in circulation.”

Flu symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle pain, runny nose, sore throat, extreme tiredness, and coughing. Influenza can affect high-risk groups, such as in people aged 65 and up, more seriously.

Flu shots are available at the local health unit, local pharmacies, and through your doctor. A list of clinics in the region can be found by clicking here.

For the wellbeing of yourself and others, the health authority is reminding residents to practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette, to wash your hands frequently and to stay home if you’re sick.

If you have questions about your illness, contact your family physician, HealthLink B.C. at 8-1-1, or visit healthlinkbc.ca.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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