Fall is here and with it, seasonal colds are returning.
Alberta Health Services says with school back in session and holidays done, coughs, colds and flus are coming back strong.
Dr. Judy MacDonald, Medical Officer of Health, says they have seen everything from gastro-intestinal to respiratory.
“We’ve also seen some clusters of influenza,” explains MacDonald. “It is too early to say what the season is going to be like but it is out there.”
MacDonald says the best prevention is getting the flu shot.
“Our influenza program, campaign, will start shortly,” explains MacDonald. “Influenza vaccine will be available to the public through our public health clinics at AHS starting October the 24th.”
If you’ve been to a pharmacy lately, you’ve probably noticed more people in line or buying cold relief medication.
Pharmacist Jason Chan Remillard says he’s definitely noticed an uptick in people in pharmacies.
“Ever since my two kids started school there has been a non-stop barrage of sneezing and coughing going around at our house since the start of September,” explains Remillard. “There is something going around in terms of a cold right now.”
Remillard says pharmacies will also be offering flu shots once they are available.
“Flu shots will be given from the 24th on,” explains Remillard. “We encourage people to come in end of October, beginning of November, it can be given anytime during the flu season but ideally the earlier the better just for that prevention factor.”
AHS says the best thing to do to keep away the cold and flu is wash your hands constantly and get the influenza vaccination. (twd, Newstalk770)