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Influenza (flu)

Transmission

Influenza is spread by contact with secretions from the nose and throat of an infected person.

Symptoms

Influenza causes:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • General feeling of illness
Complications

Possible complications of influenza include:

  • Ear infection
  • Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Death

The risk of complications from seasonal flu is higher for children under 2 years, people aged 60 and over, healthy pregnant women in their 2nd or 3rd trimester and anyone suffering from certain chronic illnesses or conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes, severe obesity, cancer or asthma, and individuals with a suppressed immune system.

Vaccine

The vaccines available to prevent influenza and its complications are:

To learn more about influenza and the campaign of vaccination in season of influenza, consult the website www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/influenza.