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The Facts

FLU OR FALSE? Every flu season (which generally occurs in late fall and winter), a worrying number of us come down with the influenza virus. The nasty bug can cause serious, even fatal complications (not to mention the misery of a fever, chills, congestion, and body aches). To makes matters worse, there are still many dangerous misconceptions and rumors about the flu flying around. Make sure you can separate myth from truth. Arm yourself with the straight facts about the flu, the flu shot, and what you can do to avoid catching it.

Influenza (flu) and pneumonia combine to be the 7th leading cause of death in Canada1. People affected by lung conditions (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis) are at a higher risk from flu and pneumonia infections.

One of the most effective ways to help prevent flu and pneumonia infections is with vaccinations.

1. Statistics Canada. Table 102-0561 – Leading causes of death, total population, by age group and sex, Canada, annual, CANSIM (database). (accessed: July 25 2017)