Have you had your flu shot?
Stop by our offices anytime on Thursday, November 22, between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm to receive your free flu shot and have a cup of coffee.
We're happy for our clients to encourage members and employees to come get the flu shot. If you'd like, you can use this poster at your workplace.
Please fill out this questionnaire and consent form before you come or we will have some on hand to fill out while you are here.
What is Influenza?
Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae. These viruses contain a lipid envelope. It can be distinguished from the common cold (which is also caused by viruses) because it generally results in a more severe illness, with a sudden onset of headache, chills and cough followed rapidly by a fever, appetite loss, muscle aches, and tiredness. Cold symptoms, on the other hand, generally involve the upper respiratory tract with runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and throat irritation, and disappear in a few days. Influenza typically lasts a week to 10 days.
The incubation period for influenza is 24 to 72 hours. Adults with influenza remain infectious for 3 to 5 days after onset of symptoms, and children may remain infectious for up to a week after onset.
In some people, especially young children and those over 65 years of age or people with other systemic illnesses (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, cancer, respiratory illnesses) influenza can be very severe, requiring hospitalization. People with these risk factors should receive immunization against influenza each year. The death rate for influenza in Canada is 500 to 1500 cases per year.