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Health Unit Urges Flu Shots After First Case Of Influenza A Confirmed

Friday October 21st, 2016, 10:07am


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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reports that they have the first confirmed case of influenza A in Windsor-Essex County.

The Health Unit is reminding everyone that the best way to protect against the influenza virus and lower your risk of flu is to get the flu vaccine.

Starting on Monday, October 24th, the flu vaccine will be available to the public.

The flu vaccine is free from your primary health care provider, participating pharmacies, walk-in clinics and at community clinics run by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. People who work, live or study in Ontario are eligible to receive the flu vaccine each year.

“Cases of flu may occur as early as October and as late as April,” says Lora Piccinin, manager of Infectious Disease Prevention. “It is highly recommended to get the flu vaccine before flu season starts to help minimize the spread, although the vaccine can still be given up until the end of the season.”

There are a number of ways for residents to get their influenza vaccine:

  • Primary Health Care Providers (contact your doctor or nurse practitioner)
  • 87 Local Pharmacies in Windsor-Essex
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit community flu clinics.  Dates found here.

The flu is a virus that causes an infection of the nose, throat and lungs and is easily spread through the air when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes. The flu virus can also live on surfaces for several hours which can cause you to get sick by touching your nose or eyes after touching a contaminated surface. Symptoms start one to three days after being exposed and individuals with flu can spread the virus before they experience symptoms.

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