2013 In­fluenza Im­mu­niza­tion Cam­paign launched city-wide

Start­ing Oct. 26 flu shots avail­able in 22 com­mu­nity clin­ics

Orleans Star - - HEALTH & WELLNESS - Cather­ine Kitts cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @catkitts

Deputy Mayor Steve Des­roches, Board of Health Chair Coun­cil­lor Diane Holmes, Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa’s Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health and Amira Ab­dalla, Pres­i­dent of the Ottawa-Car­leton Phar­ma­cists As­so­ci­a­tion, gath­ered, last week, to an­nounce the of­fi­cial start to the 2013 In­fluenza Im­mu­niza­tion Cam­paign.

"Any­one can get the flu and get­ting the flu shot is the safest and most ef­fec­tive way to pro­tect your­self and your loved ones from get­ting sick," said Deputy Mayor Des­roches. "With more than 340 physi­cians’ of­fices and walk-in clin­ics and close to 140 phar­ma­cies in Ottawa of­fer­ing the vac­cine this year, Ottawa res­i­dents now have in­creased op­por­tu­nity to pro­tect them­selves and their loved ones from the flu."

This year, OPH is of­fer­ing 22 com­mu­nity clin­ics through­out the city start­ing Oct. 26 through to Nov. 28, and res­i­dents can also visit pub­lic clin­ics tak­ing place at six Ottawa hos­pi­tals. As phar­ma­cists can only ad­min­is­ter the flu vac­cine to res­i­dents over the age of five, OPH will also be hold­ing flu vac­cine clin­ics by ap­point­ment only for chil­dren un­der five years of age and for their par­ents and sib­lings at the OPH Im­mu­niza­tion Clinic lo­cated on the main floor at 100 Con­stel­la­tion Drive.

"With the vac­cine avail­able in more lo­ca­tions, get­ting the flu shot is now more con­ve­nient and ac­ces­si­ble for all res­i­dents, in­clud­ing those who are at greater risk for com­pli­ca­tions from the flu in­clud­ing young chil­dren, the el­derly and peo­ple with chronic con­di­tions," said Coun­cil­lor Holmes.

Dr. Levy said that in the last year alone, the flu and com­pli­ca­tions from the ill­ness re­sulted in more than 3,600 hos­pi­tal­iza­tions in On­tario, in­clud­ing 120 in Ottawa. "Along­side good hand hy­giene and cough eti­quette, get­ting the flu shot is the best pro­tec­tion against be­com­ing ill."

Res­i­dents can visit ottawa.ca/flu for a com­plete list of OPH clin­ics and par­tic­i­pat­ing phar­ma­cies of­fer­ing the flu vac­cine or visit the On­tario flu lo­ca­tor to find the near­est lo­ca­tion of­fer­ing the flu vac­cine.

Along with get­ting the flu shot and to keep you and your fam­ily healthy, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber th­ese three things:

your arm, not your hand

hand san­i­tizer

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