What is the flu?
- Sudden onset of headache, chills, cough, fever
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches and fatigue
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Sore throat
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (especially in children)
Who should get the flu shot?
The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that all healthy people above the age of 6 months old receive the seasonal flu vaccine.
Some groups are specifically encouraged to get the flu shot:
Who should NOT get a shot?
- Persons who had an allergic reaction to a previous flu vaccine or to any of the vaccine ingredients, or developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks
- Most people with allergy to eggs may get the shot. You should first speak with your doctor about the severity of your egg allergy (some allergy testing may be required)
- If you are fighting an infection with a fever, you may be told to hold off on getting the flu vaccine until you are better
Flu DOs and DON’Ts
- Get the flu vaccine
- Strengthen your immune system by eating well
- Get regular exercise
- Avoid crowds indoors
- Practice good hygiene (frequent hand-washing/hand sanitizing, sneezing into your sleeve)
- Touch your face with your hands
- Share towels, utensils or drinking cups
- Go to work/school until you feel better and symptoms have cleared
- Take antibiotics (the flu is a virus and won’t respond)
- Sneeze into the air
Should I see my doctor?
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, rapid breathing
- Bluish or grey skin colour
- Bloody or coloured mucus/spit
- Low blood pressure
- High fever (i.e., above 38.5 °C) that lasts more than three days
- Sudden dizziness or confusion
- Severe vomiting or vomiting that persists
Children and flu
- Not waking up or interacting
- Acting irritable (not wanting to be held or not wanting to play)
- Not drinking enough liquids or not eating
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.