Seasonal Influenza: a Serious Infection
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection. It is transmitted through the air or through hands contaminated with droplets projected by an infected person who coughs or sneezes. The influenza virus generally circulates in Québec each year from December to March or April. It can cause high fever, cough and intense fatigue, and can keep you from going about your day-to-day activities. For people who are at high risk for complications because of their age or health status, the consequences can be more serious. For example, the person may develop pneumonia, making hospitalization necessary, or may die. That is why it is important to get vaccinated every year.