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    Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1:56 PM - Influenza, or the flu, is a common and highly contagious, infectious respiratory disease that affects the nose, throat and lungs. Influenza viruses can change rapidly. That’s why there is a new flu shot made every year to protect against the circulating virus strains.

    Seasonal Flu - Symptoms 

    Almost always:
    • Sudden onset of cough and fever

    Sometimes:
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    Common:
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle aches
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Decreased appetite
    • Runny nose

    Common Cold - What is it?
    A cold is a mild infection of the nose and throat caused by a variety of viruses. Although a cold might linger, the symptoms remain mild.

    Common Cold - Symptoms
    • Runny nose
    • Sneezing
    • Cough
    • Sore throat

    Severity Indicators
    If you develop the following symptoms, you need to see a health care provider right away:
    • Shortness of breath, rapid or difficulty breathing
    • Chest pain
    • Bluish or grey skin color
    • Bloody or coloured mucus/spit
    • Sudden dizziness or confusion
    • Severe or persistent vomiting
    • High fever lasting more than three days
    • Low blood pressure

    Additional symptoms to watch for in children:
    • Not drinking enough fluids or eating
    • Not waking up or interacting
    • Irritability; not wanting to play or be held

    People at Risk of Complications:
    The following groups are not more likely to get the flu. However, they are more at risk of developing complications if they do get sick:
    • Children under five years of age (especially those less than two years old)
    • Women who are pregnant
    • Aboriginal people
    • People with chronic conditions such as:
        - Heart disease
        - Liver disease
        - Kidney disease
        - Blood disorder
        - Diabetes
        - Severe obesity
        - Asthma and chronic lung disease
        - Immunosuppressed (people taking cancer drugs or people with HIV AIDS)
        - Neurological disorders

    IMPORTANT: If you have flu symptoms and you have one of these risk factors, contact a health care provider as soon as possible - antiviral medications may be needed.

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