Calgary Doctor’s Advice on Cold and Flu Season: Stay Home If You’re Sick With The Flu

Cold and flu season is here Calgary and you’ve likely already met someone who has contracted the nasty virus known as influenza.

Influenza is a virus that attacks people’s respiratory systems and affects the nose, throat and lungs. In Calgary, influenza season is October-to-April.

Symptoms of influenza include, sore throat, swollen glands, head ache, body ache, fever, coughing, running nose, chest congestion and nasal congestion.

“Going to see your family doctor when you have the symptoms of influenza isn’t the best way to speed up recovery,” Says Dr. Ankit Vakil from Pinnacle Medical Centres Crowfoot location.

“This is because, for most people, once they feel sick enough to visit a doctor, they are already at the point where the influenza virus is at its worst,” Added Dr. Vakil. “Leaving your home at this point only spreads the virus and doesn’t aid in a person’s recovery.”

Dr. Vakil advises people who come down with influenza to just stay home.

“The best way to recover from influenza is in the comfort of your own home where you can rest in your own bed, drink lots of liquids and not pass the virus on to other people.”

Influenza usually passes in about a week-to-10 days. If you feel your symptoms are getting worse or are unbearable, please seek medical attention.

Passing on influenza to people with weaker immune systems – generally people over 65 and under five-years-old – leads to thousands of trips to emergency, hospitalizations and in some cases, death in Alberta each year.

Last flu season alone, more than 1,600 people were hospitalized and 62 people died in Alberta as a result of influenza.

Things To Do If You Have The Flu

  • Stay home in the comfort of your own bed – do not go to work, the doctor, school or the mall
  • Drink lots of fluids such as warm tea, warm milk, cold orange juice or cold apple juice
  • Enjoy a hearty bowl of soup – top recommendations, chicken noodle or butternut squash
  • Get 9-12 hours of sleep each night
  • Add supplements such as multivitamins, vitamin C and oil of oregano to your diet
  • Enjoy some TV/Netflix time
  • And did we mention…STAY HOME!

If you’re feeling ill and suspect the flu, please stay home to prevent the spread of the virus. If you don’t start to feel better in a few days please visit your family doctor.

Don’t have a family doctor?

Pinnacle Medical Centres’ offer short wait times for walk-in patients to see a family doctor in Calgary, a family doctor in Strathmore, a family doctor in High River and a family doctor in Okotoks.

Most of our locations are also accepting new patients, including our:

  • Crowfoot Location
  • Okotoks Location
  • Strathmore location
  • Beddington Location
  • High River Location