“Flu season is unpredictable so residents are encouraged to get vaccinated now”, the agency said in a news release.

“It takes about 10 days to two weeks after your immunization to be full protected”, Kling said.

Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, chills, runny or stuffy nose and headaches. The flu is different from a common cold virus infection because of its ability to cause serious complications.

“If you are sick, stay home, and keep sick children away from daycares and schools”.

Last year, 150 Manitobans diagnosed with influenza were hospitalized and the virus contributed to the death of 12 Manitobans.

An additional flu vaccination clinic will be held at the Winneshiek County Public Health office starting Thursday, Oct. 19, from 4:30 p.m.to 6 p.m.

Interior Health reminds the public that during the influenza season, visitors who have not had a flu shot are required to wear a mask when visiting Interior Health hospitals, health centres and residential care facilities, including contracted facilities. As a result, the flu vaccine also needs to change each year to ensure it protects against the current viruses. The health department asks that people bring health insurance information or cash, credit card or check.