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Sniffling, sneezing, coughing? We're not quite into flu season yet

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Summary

Medical health officer says smaller respiratory viruses are going around

People often confuse a cold for the flu

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Fall doesn’t just mean it’s sweater weather. It also means the start of flu season.

But we’re not quite there yet. So, despite a scratchy throat or a bit of a cough you may have right now, it’s very likely you do not have influenza.

Medical Health Officer Dr. Meena Dawar says what’s going around are several smaller respiratory viruses.

“People often confuse these symptoms with influenza. But in fact, there’s a number of viruses that can cause the spectrum of symptoms — and that’s what we’re seeing right now.”

Dawar notes those viruses are typically not even treated. They tend to go away on their own.

She says if you have the flu, you’ll know it. “It’s as if you’ve been run over by a truck.”

If you’re feeling sick but not quite at the flu stage, Dawar says you might as well stay home.

The flu shot is also becoming available across the Lower Mainland.