October 30, 2018 2:28 pm
Updated: October 30, 2018 4:34 pm

Winter is coming but the flu is already in Waterloo

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Waterloo Public Health announced that it has recorded the first case of flu ahead of the winter.

A region official would not specify where the first case was recorded due to privacy concerns.

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To avoid catching the virus, it is recommended to wash your hands frequently with soap or alcohol-based hand rub and to regularly clean and disinfect common surfaces and items. It is also recommended that you get your flu shot.

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If you wish to get a flu shot, they are available from your health care provider as well as at pharmacies, walk-in clinics, public health clinics and community clinics.

While flu-related complications such as pneumonia can affect everyone, those in high-risk groups (the elderly, children under five, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions) are especially vulnerable.

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Symptoms of the flu include fevers, chills, cough, runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle ache as well as extreme weakness and tiredness.

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