It’s Flu season and a number of doctors in BC are participating in an international study to find ways to shorten the duration of symptoms and to decrease the risk of potential complications from the flu.
“Certain populations such as children, elderly or ill patients are more vulnerable to life threatening complications and anything we can do to fight the spread of the flu is important” says Dr. Kooy.
“During flu season the lost time due to absences from school or work are significant and with the risk of spreading the infection, it is very important to ‘stay home’ if you have the flu” recommends Dr. Kooy.
Flu symptoms include:
• Mild to severe nasal congestion
• A feeling of feverishness or a high fever-often over 100f or 38c
• A headache
• Severe fatigue and weakness
• Dry cough and chest discomfort
• Sore throat
If you have developed any of the symptoms in the past 36 hours, you may be eligible to participate in the research study. For more information call The Medical Arts Health Research Group at 250-493-7286