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Health officials urge flu vaccine

Health officials urge flu vaccine

Babies and young children, people over age 65 and people with other health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes, are most at risk from complications from the flu.

Prior to each flu season the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts research into which strains are the most likely to circulate among the population.

Flu season has arrived, so Toronto's St. Joseph's Health Centre will host a free flu shot clinic.

The DPH says there are two main types of influenza virus - types A and B - that routinely spread in people and are responsible for seasonal flu outbreaks each year.

"Sporadic activity is typical for this time of year", Moore stated in a press release. In severe cases, however, the virus can lead to unsafe complications resulting in hospitalization or even death.

With influenza already starting to show up in our region this year, Fraser Health is reminding everyone to get their flu shot, not only to protect themselves but also their loved ones.

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The shot is proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu.

Even North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined in with the encouragement, asking residents to be proactive and get their flu vaccination. No one wants to get the flu, especially those most at risk. It's recommended that you wash often with soap and water.

Most people who are infected with influenza can develop high fevers, chills, body aches, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting that usually lasts 10 days, according to Dr. Gale Burstein, commissioner of the Erie County Health Department. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

"I would ask every parent in Ipswich who has a child who will be under five to make a note in their calendar to access this free vaccine for their child next year ahead of the 2018 flu season".

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


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