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Public Health Agency tells of flu vaccine clinics next week

27 October 2017, 01:02 | Lucy Hill

Medical worker wearing protective gloves prepares to administer a flu shot

Medical worker wearing protective gloves prepares to administer a flu shot

Previous year saw an increase in influenza outbreaks at local hospitals, long term care homes and retirement homes with 24 confirmed out breaks.

Taking a shot in the arm could do a lot to protect yourself from this year's flu, says a Stettler pharmacist.

People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including healthcare personnel and caregivers of babies younger than six months.

Even North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined in with the encouragement, asking residents to be proactive and get their flu vaccination. By following this policy, you will help to protect the people you are visiting from getting a potentially serious illness.

Flu vaccination must be covered by insurance without a copay or coinsurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. It's recommended that you wash often with soap and water.

The CDC notes that talking on your phone spreads germs from your respiratory system onto the screen, some of which can cause the flu.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated. Once there, the viral particles are easily spread by you or anyone else's fingers after touching the screen or buttons. "We also advise visitors to clean their hands at a hand washing station as they enter and exit the facility".

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The flu shot provides protection from the influenza virus strains expected to be circulating this season based on worldwide trends identified by the World Health Organization.

"So far this year more than 500 children aged under five admitted to public hospitals have tested positive for influenza".

Both sites will offer walk-up vaccinations, while a drive-thru option will also be available at the Tustin site.

It's an annual rite of passage - football season, fall leaf peeping, apple orchards, and ... cold and flu season.

In the 2016-17 flu season, just 30.1 per cent of hospital workers got the shot, according to a report presented at the Region of Waterloo's Community services committee this week.

To find an influenza immunization clinic or provider near you, watch for local announcements on dates and times in your community; or contact your local public health centre, physician office or pharmacy.

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext.



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