This past weekend, I was out and about. I shopped for groceries, attended my son’s indoor soccer game, took my other son to a birthday party and even managed to squeeze in a quick brunch with a friend, which yielded the following plate of scrambled eggs.
I think I’ve been eating scrambled eggs the wrong way my entire life. Oh-Em-Gee.
My weekend was fun, productive, and most of all – I didn’t miss out on life’s little adventures because I was sick at home with the flu.
How did you celebrate a flu-free weekend? I posed the question to my followers on Twitter, and it was heartwarming to read all your responses! From enjoying time outdoors with the kids to celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, nothing kept you down. Congratulations on being winter warriors!
Unfortunately, not everyone was living it up – some followers responded that they had actually succumbed to the dreaded virus. What a downer! However, it’s a grim reminder that we’re not out of the woods just yet. In fact, we are currently in the peak of flu season in Canada. And remember, in addition to the serious health risks, the flu is also a major nuisance for many and provides a significant disruption in our daily lives. Fever and other symptoms can usually last up to 7 to 10 days, but the cough and weakness may last 1 to 2 weeks longer.
Which means that if you’re stuck at home this weekend with the flu, chances are, you may be in the same boat (bed?) next weekend, too.
So, if you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to escape the flu virus and enjoy a healthy weekend, what can you do to ensure you don’t fall sick in the months to come? Simple. Lots of hand washing, eating a well balanced diet, and if you haven’t already, get the flu shot. It’s not too late!
“Flu season typically peaks between December and February but significant activity can occur as late as May,” says Dr. Dan Jernigan, Deputy Director of the Influenza Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC. “We are encouraging people who have not yet been vaccinated this season to get vaccinated now.”
Getting the flu shot is your best defense against the flu, and this year it’s more convenient than ever – simply pop in to your participating neighbourhood Shoppers Drug Mart. Remember, since the virus that causes the flu changes from year to year, the flu vaccine you received last year may not protect you this year. Flu vaccinations are offered at participating Shoppers Drug Mart stores and will be administered to people aged 5 and above (9 and above in Alberta and Saskatchewan; 7 and above in Manitoba). Click here for more information.
Celebrate your flu-free weekends, Canadians!