Thursday, October 22, 2015 4:25 pm ·  0 Comments
By Gary Carr
The Halton Region Health Department has started the influenza (flu) immunization clinics for the 2015-2016 flu season with community influenza clinics for all residents aged six months and older beginning this week. Flu immunizations are also available at many pharmacies (for those aged five years and older), as well as in doctors’ offices, walk-in clinics and at some workplaces.
Getting the flu vaccine every year is the most important way to protect against the flu. It also helps to prevent the spread of the virus to those who are vulnerable to complications of the flu. The flu immunization is recommended for all those six months of age and older.
During the 2014/2015 flu season there were 9 paediatric and 584 adults deaths attributed to influenza in Canada according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. 920 children and 6,720 adults were hospitalized due to influenza last year. Don’t let you or your family become a statistic, get the flu shot.
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.
The next clinic in Oakville is on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Abbey Park High School,1455 Glen Abbey Gate from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For more information on the flu, including clinic dates and locations, visit halton.ca/flu or dial 311.