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News Release

Health Department encourages you not to wait until it's too late to get your flu shot

WHITBY, ON January 13, 2014 - Durham Region Health Department is reminding all area residents that it's important to protect yourself against the flu by getting a flu shot. For those who have not yet received their flu shot, the Health Department is offering a free walk-in clinic on Jan. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Durham Regional Headquarters, 605 Rossland Rd E., Whitby.

"Health Department staff have received a number of calls from residents who are still interested in receiving a flu shot, but who missed our first round of community clinics," explained Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health. "As a result, we've planned a walk-in clinic for this month and encourage anyone who has not yet received their flu shot to attend this upcoming clinic.

"The flu shot is considered the most effective way to prevent spreading the flu where you work, live and play. It is important to get the flu shot every year to help maximize protection against the flu. All residents who have not already done so should get the flu
shot now since it takes about two weeks to become fully effective."

The flu, also known as influenza, is much worse that a common cold; it is a highly contagious acute respiratory illness caused by flu viruses that can easily spread to anyone at any age and. 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 be spread through direct contact with surfaces contaminated by the flu virus such as toys, doorknobs and unwashed hands.

The flu vaccine for this year provides protection against three strains of influenza, including H1N1. The publicly funded influenza vaccine 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.

Free flu shots are still available from healthcare provider offices and walk-in clinics and are also available for those five-years and older through specially trained pharmacists. For additional information about influenza, the influenza vaccine and Health Department
clinics please visit www.durham.ca/flu or call Durham Health Connection Line at 905- 666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

 

Media Inquiries:
REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF DURHAM
Glendene Collins - Health Department 905-668-7711, ext. 2999