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Is Canada's Flu Season Getting Progressively Worse?

Adjusting Perspective on the Trends of Illness

Pharmacies are stocking the shelves with tissue and advertising appointments for shots, making it painfully clear that the flu season is upon us once more. This dreaded season has hit Canada early and hard this year, leaving many people wondering whether or not the flu is getting progressively worse in Canada and in some parts of Europe. In order to answer this question, residents must look at the big picture and not simply rely on recent memory.

The Numbers are Going Up

Central Canada has been hit especially hard, and the speculation as to whether the worst of the illness is still in the future is still inconclusive, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Quebec and Ontario were the areas that suffered from the highest number of cases and most severe outbreaks. The numbers are what have residents worried. Cases confirmed in labs reflect numbers in excess of 3,000 cases. The number only reached just over 1,800 cases in 2011. Prior to that year, the number was only 109. There see (Read More)....

Norovirus Dos and Don’ts

The Norovirus is a stomach bug that is spreading like wildfire this season. Also called GII.4 Sydney, the illness can cause violent vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Each year, norovirus leads to about 21 million illnesses, 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths”. It typically lasts two to three days.

What can you do if you get norovirus? Well, the first thing you should do is to stay hydrated. Dehydration is the biggest danger with this virus because of the huge amounts of water lost during vomiting and diarrhea. Drinking water or fluid replacement drinks like sports drinks or nutrition aides will help your body to get the water and other essential nutrients it needs to function. If you are too nauseated to drink, suck on a popsicle or even an ice cube. Whatever it takes to keep hydrated.

Once you are feeling a little less nauseated you should try foods carefully. Avoid greasy foods or things that are hard for your body to digest like nuts. Instead stick to clear broths, Jell-O, or even cheerios. These foods are easy on your stomach and usually can be kept down without a problem.

To avoid re infection wash often. You should wash your hands regularly with antibacterial and antiviral soap, especially after vomiting or using the restroom. Make sure you wash under (Read More)....