Respiratory Illnesses

Respiratory Illness in children such as colds, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and covid-19 can often be taken care of at home without prescription medications. Often times, over-the-counter medications can be used to help treat the symptoms such as fever, cough, or a sore throat.

Influenza, also known as the flu, is caused by a virus.  In the winter months between November and April many people and kids get influenza.  Influenza can be prevented by getting immunized for kids over 6 months of age.

Additional Information about influenza in children can be found at

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), also known as bronchiolitis, is a common virus that can be more serious for children with high-risk conditions.  The Saskatchewan RSV clinic works with patients to prevent illness during the RSV season.  For more information about the RSV Program.

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to other influenza-like-illnesses, including fever, sore throat, cough or difficulty breathing.  Children with COVID-19 can usually be taken care of at home.  Some over-the-counter medications can be used to help treat the symptoms.

Visit the Government of Saskatchewan website for the latest COVID-19 information and updates.  For information on the COVID-19 Immunizations visit the Saskatchewan Health Authority website.

Additional information about COVID-19 in children can be found at and Saskatchewan Health Authority resources for parents and health-care providers are found here.

Flu and Colds