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If it's fall, it's time for your flu shot

27 October 2017

Regardless of flu season or not, medical experts have continued to sound the alarm against using your cell phone on the toilet. "It is important to be prepared during this flu season, and we are dedicated to supporting our community by providing patients with these essential vaccinations and educating them on additional measures they can take to help reduce their risk of getting the flu".

The Brant County Health Unit is urging residents to get their free flu shots as the influenza season is about to start. According to the weekly FluView report, local influenza activity was reported by five states - California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and SC - up from two states the previous week, while the US Virgin Islands and 38 states reported sporadic influenza activity.

Why should I get a flu shot? . No one wants to get the flu, especially those most at risk.

A year ago saw an increase in influenza outbreaks at local hospitals, long term care homes and retirement homes with 24 confirmed out breaks.

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But in any year, getting the vaccine protects those most vulnerable to serious complications from the flu, Wright said. These viruses spread seasonally each year because of a phenomenon known as antigenic drift.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. Hand washing helps stop the spread of germs. In the home and workplace, disinfect phones, keyboards, door handles, and other commonly touched surfaces.

"So far this year more than 500 children aged under five admitted to public hospitals have tested positive for influenza".

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

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Both sites will offer walk-up vaccinations, while a drive-thru option will also be available at the Tustin site.

The flu vaccine is now available at doctor's offices and walk-in clinics throughout the city and county.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine before the end of October every year.

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext.

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If it's fall, it's time for your flu shot