It’s time to get your shot

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The ar­rival of fall means flu sea­son is just around the cor­ner. The flu shot is the best pro­tec­tion against the flu and is avail­able at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the five East­ern Coun­ties and Corn­wall, in­clud­ing through your health­care provider, com­mu­nity health cen­tres, par­tic­i­pat­ing phar­ma­cies and at the East­ern On­tario Health Unit (EOHU). To find out more about the flu and the flu shot, visit www.on­tario.ca/flu.

The EOHU will of­fer the flu shot by ap­point­ment at all its of­fices. Call 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120 to book yours. Ap­point­ments are open to ev­ery­one, but pri­or­ity will be given to peo­ple with young chil­dren, phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions, med­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions or spe­cial needs. Res­i­dents must bring a piece of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to their ap­point­ment.

Cer­tain groups of peo­ple are at higher risk of com­pli- cations from the flu, and are strongly en­cour­aged to get im­mu­nized. These in­clude chil­dren 6 months to less than 5 years of age, peo­ple aged 65 and older and peo­ple with chronic med­i­cal con­di­tions.

If you live with or pro­vide care to some­one who falls un­der one of the groups listed above, it is also highly rec­om­mended that you get im­mu­nized. This sim­ple step could help pro­tect you and those around you.

“You need to get im­mu­nized ev­ery year to be pro­tected be­cause the viruses that cause the flu do change fre­quently,” ex­plains Dr. Paul Roume­li­o­tis, Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer of Health.

“The flu can cause se­ri­ous ill­ness and even death for some peo­ple. The vac­cine is safe and your best pro­tec­tion against the flu. It’s free and avail­able for ev­ery­one aged 6 months and older.”

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