Flu shot clinics coming to Nanaimo starting next week

Local health leaders consider plans as flu season approaches

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) again this year recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine.

Public Health also states in the report that healthcare worker's immunization is vital in preventing patients and clients from getting sick. Flu activity begins to increase throughout October and November, but activity peaks between December and March and can last as late as May. During the 2016-17 flu season, more than 100 children in the US died as a result of the flu, and thousands more were hospitalized for severe illness or complications from the virus.

Flu season is just beginning, but the Henrico County Department of Public Health yesterday was giving away free flu shots and preparing for a potential public health emergency at the same time.

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

The CDC says it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop to protect against the flu. "The sooner you're vaccinated, the sooner you're protected - and you'll stay protected throughout the flu season". "Flu vaccination is the single best way to protect you, your family, and the most vulnerable community members, such as those residing in long-term care facilities, from flu and its complications".

Symptoms can include fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, or cough.

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Albert Tawadrous, the pharmacist manager at No Frills, said it's important to get the shot.

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

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing or cough into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner. People are often indoors during the winter, meaning that they are in direct or close-contact with one another more often.

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

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