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News Release

Flu shot clinics set to begin for 2014-2015 season

WHITBY, ON October 30, 2014

Starting Nov. 1, Durham Region Health Department will kick-off its annual community flu shot clinics campaign for anyone six-months of age and older, as part of Ontario’s universal influenza immunization program. During the month of November, the Health Department will host eight free walk-in community flu shot clinics at various locations in each municipality within Durham Region.

The flu (also known as influenza) is a highly contagious acute respiratory illness, caused by flu viruses that can easily spread to anyone at any age and is much worse than a common cold. The flu usually circulates in the late fall and winter months.  The virus can spread from person to person through the air by coughing, sneezing and talking. It may also spread through direct contact with surfaces contaminated by the flu virus such as toys, doorknobs and unwashed hands.

”The flu shot is considered the most effective way to prevent spreading the flu where you work, live and play,”  said Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health. “The best time to get immunized against the flu is October through to December but, it is never too late to be immunized throughout the flu season.”

It is important to get the flu shot every year to help maximize protection against the flu. A flu shot is needed annually to provide protection against the different flu strains that could circulate each season. The influenza vaccine offered through the Health Department to our community does not contain the live virus and, therefore, cannot give you the flu. People who do not get the flu shot are at risk of getting sick with the flu and spreading the flu to others.

In addition to Health Department community flu shot clinics, free flu shots are also available from health care provider offices, walk-in clinics, as well as many pharmacies and some workplaces. For more information on the flu, the flu shot, community flu shot clinics, or to make an appointment for our appointment only flu clinics, please call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

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For more information, please contact Health Department.