Is it a cold or the flu?

See a health care provider right away if you develop the following symptoms

  • Shortness of breath, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Bluish or grey skin colour
  • Bloody or coloured mucus/spit
  • Sudden dizziness or confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • High fever lasting more than three days
  • Low blood pressure

Additional symptoms to watch for in children

  • Not drinking enough fluids or eating
  • Not waking up or interacting
  • Irritability; not wanting to play or be held

To learn more and to find out where to get your flu vaccine, visit Canada.ca/Flu

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