Ontarians urged to get flu shots sooner than later
By Dr. Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario
(NC) Everyone is guilty of occasionally procrastinating. But when it comes to getting the annual flu shot, Ontarians should follow a 'sooner rather than later' philosophy to better their chances of remaining flu-free this season.
The flu shot is the best protection against getting the flu and it's best to get the shot as soon as it's available since it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect. The shot will not only protect the person receiving it, but also serves to lessen the chances of the flu virus spreading to others.
To help make it easier for Ontarians to get their free flu shot, trained pharmacists across the province are offering flu shots to Ontarians five years of age and older. Pharmacists are the latest health care provider Ontarians can turn to --in addition to family doctors, public health units, participating workplace flu clinics, and other community clinics -- to ensure they are protected from the flu. This year, close to 2,000 pharmacies across Ontario will be offering the flu shot.
Flu season stretches from the fall through until spring but when large spikes in flu illness will occur is unfortunately unpredictable. That is why getting immunized as early in the flu season as possible will mean better protection for the population overall.
To make it easy for Ontarians to find flu clinic locations, Ontario has an online Flu Shot Locator tool. This and more information related to the benefits of immunization against the flu can be found at: www.ontario.ca/flu.
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