Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

December 21, 2018 - ‘Tis the season for friends, family, and… the flu. Influenza cases have been reported across the Thunder Bay District, but it is not too late to get the flu shot.

The flu shot is widely available for free through health care providers and pharmacies for all residents of Ontario 6 months of age and older. Pharmacies can immunize those who are 5 years of age and older, while physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners can give the flu shot to anyone over 6 months old.

In addition, the TBDHU is offering a walk-in flu shot clinic for children 6 months and older and their families. This clinic will run on Thursday, December 27 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the TBDHU main office, 999 Balmoral Street (corner of William Street). An Ontario health card is not required at Health Unit clinics.

“To date, the H1N1 strain of influenza has been most commonly reported. This strain most frequently affects children and young adults,” says Dr. Emily Groot, the TBDHU’s Associate Medical Officer of Health. “This year’s vaccine provides protection against this strain of the flu virus.”

Dr. Groot also stressed the importance of personal protective practices to reduce the spread of germs. “In addition to the flu shot, people can protect themselves by washing their hands often and covering coughs and sneezes with sleeves and elbows instead of hands.”

For more information about the flu, please visit thunderbayflu.ca.

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