"As flu season approaches, this is a great opportunity for the public to get vaccinated while helping the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) exercise our capabilities to distribute medications to the community in an emergency scenario", said Dr. Eric Handler, Public Health Officer. When the vaccine is a good match, it can reduce the risk of getting the flu by 40 to 60 per cent.
While the flu season doesn't typically peak until January, individual cases began surfacing as early as September.
The CDC also recommends that children over age 8 who have only received the vaccine once since they were 6 months old receive two vaccines this flu season to build resistance.
Flu season has arrived, so Toronto's St. Joseph's Health Centre will host a free flu shot clinic.
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. While fewer than half of Americans receive flu shots, you protect yourself and lower the risk of spreading the flu to friends and family or other members of the community when you receive one. "The flu can really lead to a lot of complications, hospitalization, especially for people who have chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart, kidney or lung issues".
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"More than 52,000 lab-confirmed cases of influenza have been recorded so far this year, and more than 5600 patients admitted to hospital have tested positive to influenza", Minister Dick said. "It is a choice, but we strongly encourage them to get immunized".
"It gives your body an opportunity to fight the flu before you get it", he said. It's recommended that you wash often with soap and water. Hand washing helps stop the spread of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, headache, muscle ache, runny nose, and tiredness.
Local pharmacies and physician offices are offering the flu vaccination daily.
This year's vaccine targets two Influenza A strains and one Influenza B strain.