Anyone can catch the flu. That’s why it’s important to protect yourself and others by learning about the virus, recognizing the symptoms and getting the flu shot.
Your Best Defense:
Flu season is taking place at the same time as COVID-19. By getting the flu shot, you are protecting your health and the health of those around you. Flu season typically runs from late fall to early spring.
In Ontario, the flu vaccine is free from your primary health care provider, participating pharmacies and at many walk-in clinics. People who work, live, or study in Ontario are eligible for the free flu vaccine each year.
Provided here is a list of participating pharmacies in each municipality in Windsor-Essex providing the flu shot for the 2021/2022 season.
Symptoms typically appear 1 to 4 days after you’ve been exposed to the virus, but you’re still contagious even if you don’t show symptoms yet. Most people who get the flu will recover within 7 to ten days.
You may have caught the flu if you have:
- Runny eyes
- Stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Extreme weakness and tiredness
- Loss of appetite
Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, and it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. You may need a COVID-19 test to help confirm if you have COVID-19.
If you think that you might have the flu, you should stay home and self-isolate. If you think you have COVID-19, you can find COVID-19 self-assessment info here.
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