Influenza (the Flu)

2018 Whitehorse Flu clinics 

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

October 30

8am - 6:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

October 31

8am - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

November 1

8am - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

November 2

11am - 6:30pm

Canada Games Centre - Boardroom

November 3

9am - 3pm

Canada Games Centre - Boardroom

November 6

1pm - 6:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

November 7

9am - 3pm

Yg Legislative Building - Foyer

November 8

9am - 3pm

Yg Legislative Building - Foyer

November 9

9am - 3pm

Yukon College - The Pit

November 9

1pm - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

November 14

3pm - 6:30pm

Fh Collins Secondary - Atrium

November 15

3pm - 6:30pm

Porter Creek Secondary - Cafeteria

November 16

1pm - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

November 17

9am - 3pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

November 20

2pm - 3:30pm

Marsh Lake Community Centre

November 22

9am - 12pm

Kilrich - Alaska Hwy

November 23

1pm - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

November 28

9am - 12pm

Income Support - 3168-3rd Ave

November 30

1pm - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

December 7

1pm - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

December 14

1pm - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

December 21

1pm - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

December 28

1pm - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

January 4

8am - 3:30pm

Whitehorse Health Centre

October 29 and after

2018 Community Flu clinics

COMMUNITY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

BEAVER CREEK

October 30

10am - 11am

Beaver Creek school

 

October 29 and after

Call for appointment

Health Centre

CARCROSS

October 31

10am - 12pm

Carcross Tagish First Nation
- Main admin building

 

October 31

2pm - 3:30pm

Tagish Community Centre
- Coffee n Chat

 

November 1

10am - 12pm

Carcross Tagish First Nation
- Main admin building

 

November 21

2pm - 3:30pm

Tagish community Centre
- Coffee n Chat

 

October 29 and after

Mon - Fri 9am - 11am

Health Centre

 

October 29 and after

Mon - Thu 1pm - 3:30pm

Health Centre

CARMACKS

October 30

8:30am - 4pm

Health Centre

 

Starting October 31

Mon-Fri
8:30am - 11:00am
3pm - 4pm

Health Centre

DESTRUCTION BAY

October 29 and after

Mon, Wed, Fri
1pm - 2pm

Health Centre

 

November 7

1pm - 2pm

Burwash Landing
- Elder's room: Jacquot Hall

DAWSON

October 29 and after

9am - 11:30am
1pm - 4:30pm

Dawson Community Health Centre- Hospital, 2nd Floor

 

October 29

12pm - 5:30pm

Dawson Community library

 

November 8

11:30am - 1pm
3pm - 6pm

Dawson Legion Hall

 

November 6

12pm - 5pm

Dawson Yukon College campus

FARO

October 29 and after

8:30am - 11:30am
1pm - 4pm

Health Centre

HAINES JUNCTION

October 31

9:30am - 11:30am

St. Elias convention Centre

 

October 29 and after

Mon - 9am - 11:30am, 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Tue - 9am - 11:30am, 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Wed - 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Thu - 9am - 11:30pm
Fri - 9am - 11:30am, 1:15pm - 4:30pm

Health Centre

MAYO

October 29 and after General Public

Tue, Thu & Fri 8:45am - 11:30am
Mon - Fri 3pm - 4pm
Appointments: Mon - Thu 1pm - 3pm

Health Centre

OLD CROW

October 29, November 1
- Children & youth

 

1pm - 4pm

Health Centre

 

October 30 - Public flu clinic 1pm - 4pm Health Centre

 

 

November 2

11:30am - 1:30pm

Community Hall
Lunch provided

PELLY CROSSING

October 29 and after
- drop in

Mon - 8:30am - 11:30am, 2pm - 4:30pm
Tue - 8:30am - 11:30, 3pm - 4:30pm
Wed - 3pm - 4:30pm
Thu - 10:30am - 11:30am, 3pm - 4:30pm
Fri - 8:30am - 11:30am, 3pm - 4:30pm

Health Centre drop in

ROSS RIVER

October 29 and after

8:30 - 11:30am, 3pm -4pm

Health Centre

TESLIN

October 29 and after

Mon - 8:30am - 11:30am, 4pm - 4:30pm
Tue - 8:30am - 11:30am, 1pm - 4:30pm
Wed - 10:30am - 11:30am, 1pm - 4:30
Thu - 8:30am - 11:30am, 1pm - 4:30
Fri - 8:30am - 11:30am, 1pm - 4:30

Health Centre

WATSON LAKE

October 31

9am - 4pm

Health Centre drop in

 

November 1

10am - 12pm, 1pm - 3pm

Liard First Nation band office

 

November 5

1pm - 4pm

Health Centre

 

November 7

11am - 1pm

Signpost Seniors Hall

 

November 14

1pm - 3:30pm

Lower Post Health Centre

 

November 15

11am - 1pm

2 Mile Hall

 

November 22

11am - 1pm

Upper Liard Learning Centre

 

November 24

10am - 3pm

Rec Plex lobby @ the Craft Fair

 

October 30
November 6, 13, 20 & 27, December 4, 11, & 18

Tue - 1pm - 4pm

Health Centre drop in

 

November 19, 21, 26 & 28
December 3 & 5

Mon - 11am - 1pm & 3pm - 6pm

Ambulance station

 

November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
December 7

Fri - 1pm - 4pm

Health Centre drop in

We’re so used to influenza that many people don’t take it seriously. And yet, in Canada, between 2,000 and 8,000 people die from it every year. Globally, deaths from influenza range between 250,000 and 500,000 people a year.

What is influenza?

Well, it’s not the common cold. It also doesn’t cause stomach pain, diarrhea or vomiting.* These may be signs of what is commonly called the “stomach flu” or a gastrointestinal infection.

Influenza is an infection of the lungs caused by different viruses. It begins in the nose and throat, and is highly contagious. It’s a serious infection that can lead to pneumonia, even in people who are normally very healthy.

Some children may experience nausea or vomiting.

How does it spread?

Influenza is transmitted through infected saliva from coughing or sneezing. It can be spread by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, like doorknobs, telephone receivers and soiled tissues.

Washing your hands and cleaning common surfaces kills the virus and is a good way to help stop influenza from spreading.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptoms of influenza are:

  • chills
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • muscle pains
  • headache
  • coughing
  • fatigue

One of the warning signs that influenza has progressed to a more serious disease is when you start to feel better, only to develop a high fever. This is a sign of bacterial pneumonia.

Most healthy people recover from influenza in a week to ten days. People with chronic diseases, children, infants and people over 65 can be hit hard by influenza and suffer severe complications, like pneumonia.

Comparing cold and flu symptoms:

Symptoms Influenza Cold
Fever High (39°– 40°C), lasts 3–4 days Rare
Headache Common, can be severe Rare
General aches, pains Common, often severe Sometimes, mild
Fatigue, weakness Common, severe Sometimes, mild
Extreme fatigue Early onset, can be severe Rare
Stuffy nose Common Common
Chest discomfort & cough Common, can become severe Mild to moderate
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Sore throat Common Common

How can I protect myself and people around me?

Yukon provides free flu shots to all Yukoners.

The flu season can be a miserable time of year, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting immunized every year helps. This is because the most common types of influenza change from year to year.

Scientists around the world look at which types (strains) of influenza are circulating and predict which strains will be most common in the upcoming flu season— usually November through March. However, so many different strains of the flu virus circulate at any given time that it’s impossible to guarantee that the immunization you get will be 100% effective.

Although immunization is the best way to prevent influenza, good respiratory hygiene is very important, especially during cold and flu season.

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Put tissues in the garbage right away.
  • Wash your hands often and well, using soap and water.

More About Influenza

Typically, influenza is a seasonal disease. In Yukon, we normally start seeing our first cases in late December or January. Some years, the season can last well into the summer.

There have been flu pandemics for thousands of years. Pandemic influenza tends to be a new strain that targets young, healthy adults. Perhaps the most famous—and deadly—was the flu pandemic of 1918 (the Spanish flu). Nobody knows for sure how many people died, but the estimates range from 20 to 130 million people, from a worldwide population of 1.86 billion at the time.

In 2009, a new influenza strain developed, H1N1, which became a pandemic. There was a major push to immunize as many people as possible. In Yukon, we were lucky in that H1N1 disease arrived at about the same time as immunization against it.