Seasonal Influenza aka "the flu"
Seasonal influenza ("the flu") is a common illness that affects the nose, throat and lungs.
It is easily spread from person to person and is caused by influenza viruses.
Flu symptoms include:
- a fever (not always in the elderly)
- runny eyes
- stuffy nose
- sore throat
- muscle aches/pains
- extreme weakness and tiredness.
- Children can also have earaches, vomiting and diarrhea
People at a greater risk for serious flu complications (such as pneumonia):
- older people
- young children
- pregnant women
- people with long-term medical problems
Where can I get the Flu Shot?
How the Flu Makes You Sick
What can I do to stay healthy?
- Simple Steps to Staying Healthy this Flu Season (PDF)
- Stop the Spread of Germs! Prevent the Spread of Illnesses (PDF)
What to do if you have symptoms of flu?
- Dealing with the Flu - what can I do?
- Flu Assessment Tool - is it really the flu?
- Facts About... Caring for Someone With the Flu
Other Important Links
- Flu Surveillance
- Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Flu Information
Connects Durham Region healthcare providers to online information and resources to assist them in their daily practice.
Who can I contact?
- TeleHealth Ontario takes phone calls 24/7 at 1-866-797-0000, TTY: 1-866-797-0007
- Your health care provider
- Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729