As you may know, Canada is officially in an influenza (flu) epidemic after crossing its seasonal threshold of cases. This means that the number of flu cases is increasing and is above-expected levels that are typical for this time of year.
Did you know that there are over 200 viruses that can cause cold and flu symptoms? In an effort to protect ourselves, here’s what you should know about the cold and influenza season in Nova Scotia:
A cold and the flu are viral infections that affect your respiratory system, including your throat, nose, airways and lungs. Common cold and flu symptoms include fatigue, cough, sneezing, runny nose, sore muscles and a fever. These symptoms can last roughly between 2-14 days. Most times, these symptoms can be managed at home with over the counter medications, plenty of fluids and rest. If symptoms become serious, please contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
COVID-19 is still prevalent in our community and can present symptoms that look like cold and flu symptoms. COVID-19 take-home tests are available in the main CBU cafeteria and at Cineplex.
Not yet vaccinated? Nova Scotia Public Health offers a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic at their local office in Sydney, by appointment only. No health card or health insurance required. Nova Scotia Public Health will also provide free transportation should you need it.
Where: 795 Alexandra Street, 2nd Floor, Sydney, Nova Scotia
When: Monday to Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm
To book an appointment, please call 902-563-2400.
You can also book an appointment at a local pharmacy with your Nova Scotia health card.
Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm
Friday 8:30am-12:00pm (noon)
Call or email to book an appointment. For those needing assistance after hours and on weekends, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse.
In the event of emergency, please go to the nearest Emergency Department
In Sydney, the Emergency Department is located at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital
1482, George Street
Sydney, NS B1P 1P3
OR call 911
Mental health and addiction crisis line 1-888-429-8167 available 24/7
For help finding local resources or to talk with a counselor call 211 available 24/7
To speak with a registered nurse call 811 available 24/7