October 13, 2020 - The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) is encouraging everyone to get their flu shot this year. Influenza, the ‘flu’, causes significant illness and deaths in Canada every year and getting the flu vaccine is the most effective way to reduce this risk. The upcoming flu season is further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the two viruses circulating, the risk to individuals is greater especially for those at higher risk due to age or underlying medical conditions. The two viruses could also put significant additional strain on the community in general as well as on the health care system.
“This year more than ever, we are encouraging people to get their flu shot,” says Dr. Janet DeMille, Medical Officer of Health for the TBDHU, “It is important that we do everything we can to reduce the risk and burden of influenza in our communities. Among other benefits, this will put us in a better position to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The flu vaccine is available from health care providers in the community, participating pharmacies and the TBDHU. Some work places also provide the vaccine. Health care providers can immunize anyone 6 months of age and older, while pharmacists can immunize anyone 5 years and older. TBDHU will provide flu shots in various locations for children under 5 and their families, by appointment only. TBDHU is working closely with community health care providers throughout the District to ensure access to the flu shot. Visit the dedicated flu website at www.thunderbayflu.ca for more information or contact TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 or toll-free: 1-888-294-6630.
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