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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 20:07

Nothing to sneeze at

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            Peterborough Public Health has reported the first local lab-confirmed case of seasonal influenza. Arriving much earlier than last year – which was reported on January 15th – this new case is

a clear indication that the virus is now circulating within our community.

            “The case is lab-confirmed for influenza A,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “Usually there are more cases of influenza in the community than are reported by the lab, so we strongly encourage residents to get their flu shot to protect themselves and others as it’s still early in the season.”

            The flu shot is recommended for everyone over six months of age. It is especially important for those with a weakened immune system, pregnant women, young children, the elderly and anyone who takes care of people in these groups.

            Flu shots are widely available at many local pharmacies, from physician offices, and at local walk-in clinics.

            In addition to getting the flu shot, Dr. Salvaterra advises that people take the following precautions to reduce the spread of infection:

  • Stay home if feeling unwell
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Clean and sanitize commonly-used surfaces frequently
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue and wash hands afterwards.
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