First confirmed flu case in region

BROCKVILLE – The health unit covering Leeds-Grenville and Lanark says it has its first confirmed case of influenza A.

In addition to the individual case, the health unit also says it’s had its first flu outbreak at an institution.

The authority didn’t disclose the location where the outbreak took place.

But it’s causing the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit to push people to get the flu shot, which covers the H3N2 virus – the most common flu strain in North America.

The flu is serious among the elderly, young children and people with health issues and can cause fever, cough, headache, joint aches and extreme fatigue.

The free flu shot is available to anyone over the age of six months and is available in a variety of places including the doctor’s office and participating pharmacies.

The health unit is not holding any clinics.

The season typically lasts six to eight weeks.

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