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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:04

Time to get your flu shot

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            With winter just around the corner, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit wants local residents to not only get their flu shots but also ensure they are up-to-date on all their vaccines.

            The Health Unit recommends that anyone six months or older get the vaccine every fall to

reduce their risk of influenza.

            “Flu vaccine can reduce your risk of getting sick from influenza, so it’s worth rolling up your sleeve to get one,” says Marianne Rock, the HU’s Manager of Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology and Evaluation.

            “Even if you get the flu after getting a flu shot, your illness is usually milder than if you had not been vaccinated.”

            Vaccines are safe and one of the most effective ways to stay healthy, says the Health Unit. In Ontario they are available at no-charge and recommended at different ages and stages of life (ontario.ca/vaccines).

            To get a flu shot, speak to your doctor or health care provider, visit your local pharmacy (for a complete list of approved pharmacies see hkpr.on.ca), or book an appointment at the family-friendly clinic the Health Unit is offering Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Health Unit office, 108 Angeline St. S., Lindsay (call 866-888-4577, ext. 1507, toll free).

            People can also call the Health Unit (toll-free at 1-866-888-4577) to find out more about required vaccines.

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