It’s late, but it’s here. Flu season.
Manitoba’s Medical Officer of Health Tim Hilderman says influenza activity started picking up a few weeks ago.
“It appears as though it’s later than the past couple of years and not as intense as the past couple of years, it’s still too early to say what the season’s going to look like when it’s all said and done,” he said.
Hilderman says it’s likely we haven’t reached the peak of this wave yet. They usually last six to eight weeks.
The flu typically comes on quickly, with aches, chills, fever, fatigue, cough, sore throat, fatigues and runny nose.
Hilderman says it will often knock you down for a few days.
“Lots of fatigue. It typically takes three to five days for things to settle back down. In some cases the cough can last for several weeks after the actual infection is gone.”
He says it can also lead to complications like ear infections or pneumonia.
Did you get the flu shot?
Hilderman says preliminary studies from the US say the flu vaccine appears to be working.
“Early indications from the US is that the vaccine is performing well – better than last year. Close to that 60 per cent effectiveness.”
But no data is available in Canada yet.