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Cold and flu

Flu Immunization (2021/2022 season)

Publicly funded influenza vaccine is provided to everyone for the 2021-2022 influenza season. 

Campus Pharmacy

Walk-in appointments for influenza vaccinations are available at the Campus Pharmacy (29 Dineen Drive) Monday-Saturday during regular pharmacy hours. No appointment necessary. Staff, faculty, students, and public are all welcome!

About Influenza

Influenza virus or "the flu" is a common upper respiratory infection. It often starts with a headache, body aches, chills and a cough or sore throat. You may also develop a fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, runny nose, and sneezing. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may occur. 

It can be hard to tell the difference between symptoms of the flu and COVID-19. If you have symptoms, isolate yourself from others and call 811 or visit GNB’s website to determine if COVID-19 testing is required.

With the potential risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting the spread of influenza is particularly important this year. 

The flu can lead to missed time from work or school. It is very contagious, but also very preventable! Getting a flu shot every year is one of the most effective ways to prevent catching the flu and spreading to your family, friends, and community!

Prevention

Have the flu, a cold or maybe a stomach virus? Did you know some viruses can live on surfaces anywhere from a couple hours to a couple days!  Here are a few tips to help prevent catching or spreading a cold, the flu, pertussis or a stomach virus:

  • Wash your hands with warm and soapy water thoroughly and frequently
  • Use hand sanitizer (60 to 90% alcohol based) when you do not have access to wash your hands
  • If you are sick try to isolate yourself from others when possible to avoid spreading germs
  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, not your hand, to prevent spreading germs to others
  • Discard tissues into a waste basket
  • Clean and disinfect regularly using household cleaners, areas that are touched frequently such as keyboards, doorknobs, sink water tap handles, phones, desktop surfaces, etc
  • Get your flu shot, still available at the student health centre
  • Keep your system strong: eat healthy foods, be physically active, get enough sleep, practice stress management techniques and refrain from smoking

Read more on flu prevention, written by Stacey Taylor, NP

For more information go to FightFlu.ca or the Government of New Brunswick website for information on Norovirus (stomach flu).