Niagara Region Has First Confirmed Case Of Influenza B

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Niagara Region Public Health has received the first laboratory confirmed case of Influenza B in Niagara.

Influenza B differs from the well known Influenza A virus as it is usually less common, and the symptoms are frequently more mild. Influenza (flu) typically starts with a headache, chills and cough, followed rapidly by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue, running nose, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also occur, especially in children. Most people will recover from influenza within a week to ten days, but some - including those over 65 and adults and children with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cancer - are at greater risk of more severe complications, such as pneumonia.

Prevent Spreading the Flu

To prevent getting or spreading the flu, residents are reminded to take the following precautions:


* get a free flu shot at your doctor's office, walk-in clinic, or make an appointment at any Niagara Region Public Health office

* wash hands often and especially after using the washroom, before and after eating, contacting commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, using public transit, and after blowing your nose or sneezing

* cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve and not into your hands. Put used tissues in the garbage immediately

* if you are sick stay home to avoid spreading the illness

* avoid sharing food, eating utensils, towels, or handkerchiefs. Public Health discourages visiting friends and family in long-term care facilities or hospitals if you are ill with the flu or have 'flu-like' symptoms.