Influenza (flu) is a viral infection of the nose, throat, trachea, and bronchi that occurs in epidemics every 3 or 4 years (for example, Asian influenza). The main symptoms are a stuffy nose, sore throat, and nagging cough. There may be more muscle pain, headache, fever, and chills than colds usually cause. For most people, influenza is just a bad cold and bed rest is not necessary. The dangers of influenza for healthy people are overrated.
The treatment of influenza depends on your main symptoms and is no different from the treatment for other viral respiratory infections. Bed rest is not necessary.
The influenza vaccine gives protection for only 1 or 2 years. In addition, the vaccine itself can cause fever in 20% of the people who get the shots and a sore injection site in 10%. Therefore, the vaccine is not recommended for healthy people (unless an especially severe form of influenza comes along). Only those with chronic diseases (for example, asthma) need to come in for yearly influenza boosters. Talk with your physician or parents if you think you should have flu shots.
Established in 1929 by Doctor J.K. Bigelow and Doctor D.B. Fowler, the Bigelow Fowler Clinics have been serving Lethbridge and area for over 80 years. Our Clinics are proud to offer full service primary health care at all three of our locations; Bigelow Fowler East Clinic, Bigelow Fowler South Clinic, Bigelow Fowler West Clinic. Our Clinics are home to 24 physicians who continually strive to offer patient friendly, family healthcare to people of all ages, from newborn to geriatric.The Bigelow Fowler Clinics provide a wide range of quality healthcare services including occupational health, sports medicine and physical examinations with x-ray and lab services available at the South and West clinic locations.