It's Flu (Influenza) Season
Learn more about what the flu is and what you can do about it.
What is the flu?
Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a respiratory disease that affects the nose, throat and lungs. It is caused by a virus that is easily passed from person to person. Seasonal influenza is the annual influenza that affects people in Canada during the winter, between November and April.
What Can I Do?
If you were unable to get the flu shot (and even if you did) it helps to follow these self-care tips to protect yourself and others from the flu:
- Understand what the flu is, its symptoms, and how it spreads.
- Find out how to protect yourself and others and the importance of cleaning your hands.
- If you get sick, you should know how to take care of yourself.
- If you care for someone who is sick, find out what you should do and when to seek medical care.
What about the vaccine?
As of January 7th, the University Health Centre and University Health Centre Pharmacy are out of influenza vaccine. Due to a limited supply of vaccine, we recommend that individuals visit the Alberta Health Services influenza page for information on vaccine availability and public immunization clinics.
What if I think I have the flu?
The most-common flu symptoms include:
- fever of 38 C (100.4 F) or higher that starts suddenly
- dry cough that can last for weeks
- body aches
- feeling very weak and tired
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Alberta Health advises you to stay home unless medical care is needed and avoid close contact with others for seven days, if possible. If you are ill, call Alberta Health Link (780-408-5465) and speak with a nurse to determine your next steps.
The Alberta Health website has more information on influenza and influenza symptoms, the seasonal influenza vaccine, self-care tips and tips on caring for adults and children with influenza.
Self-care posters for the workplace
If your faculty, department or group would like to promote flu prevention, download a pdf copy of the hand-washing and covering your cough promotion posters below.