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2024 Winter Respiratory Illness Season

As more people spend time indoors, we can expect to see a seasonal rise in COVID-19, RSV, flu and other common colds and viruses. Even if you do fall ill and feel that you need to see a physician or nurse practitioner, please call your doctor’s office to make a virtual or in-person appointment. We will ensure you get the care you need, when you need it.

The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family this upcoming flu season. Our Summerville locations have a limited supply of vaccines available and are currently prioritizing high-risk individuals (e.g., those 65 years and older or immunocompromised). Call your clinic to check vaccine availability and make an appointment. Please be patient as we are receiving a high volume of calls and experiencing longer than normal wait times. If you do have a scheduled appointment, please ensure you attend your appointment as scheduled, or call the office if you are unable to make it so that we may book someone else during that time.

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COVID-19 Testing
If you are at high risk of severe outcomes of COVID-19 you may be eligible for PCR or rapid molecular testing at provincial testing locations. Additionally, you may access rapid antigen tests through local public health units, pharmacies, and other health care providers (including physiotherapists, dentists, allied health professionals, etc.) who choose to distribute.  Rapid tests for COVID now are more likely to be positive later in the course of illness (day 4) - so daily testing is more useful than testing once early in illness.

COVID-19 Treatment
Antiviral treatments should be strongly considered for individuals with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms who have a positive PCR, rapid molecular or rapid antigen test and who are at high risk of severe outcomes.

Information on Post-COVID-19 Condition (i.e., Long COVID)
A significant proportion of people who contract COVID are left with ongoing symptoms, commonly termed “Long COVID”. The nature of these symptoms and the duration of the illness differ between people. More information can be found on the Ontario College of Physicians’ web site here: Long COVID

Page updated: October 2023