By Gary Carr
Monday, October 24, 2016 2:30 pm ·  0 Comments
“Getting the flu vaccine every year is the most important way to protect yourself, your family and your colleagues from the flu,” said Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani. “We recommend everyone six months of age and over receive the flu vaccine to provide protection from the flu and its complications. With the vaccine available at so many different locations throughout the community, it’s easier than ever to work your flu shot into your normal routine.”
Flu immunizations are available at more than 100 pharmacies across the region, as well as in doctor’s offices, walk-in clinics and at some workplaces. While people over five years of age can receive their flu vaccine at a pharmacy, doctor’s office or walk-in clinic, children under five years old can only receive their flu shot at a doctor’s office or a Halton Region community influenza immunization clinic.
This year Halton Region is hosting five flu clinics across the Region, and Oakville‘s will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Abbey Park High School, 1455 Glen Abbey Gate. The other clinics for the region are:
Most healthy people recover from the flu within a few days; however influenza infection can lead to pneumonia and hospitalization, and can even be fatal, especially in the elderly, those under five years of age and those with certain chronic health conditions.
In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday precautions against influenza by washing your hands with soap frequently, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (when soap and water is not available) and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading your illness to others and see your doctor if your illness worsens or doesn’t begin to improve after a few days.