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Health unit launches flu shot clinics across region

Nov 06, 2012
Public clinics for the flu vaccine are now running in six communities across Simcoe and Muskoka every Wednesday and Saturday through November.

Public clinics for the flu vaccine are now running in six communities across Simcoe and Muskoka every Wednesday and Saturday through November.

The health unit clinics provide quick access to the free flu shot for about 14,000 people each year. As well, the vaccine is available through physicians, workplace clinics, health care facilities and this year through some pharmacies.

This is the second year in which the public has been able book an appointment online for their flu shots through the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.

“It’s obvious that people are comfortable using their computers to book appointments,” said Laurie Stanford, the manager of vaccine programs for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. “Far and away the majority of our flu shots last year were given to people who had booked appointments through our website.”

The process reduces waiting times and lets people pick the most convenient date and time for their families, she added.

Those without computer access can phone to make arrangements, through Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can also drop into the clinics but risk longer waits.

Recent federal analysis of vaccines produced by Novartis has not affected the supply of flu vaccine in Simcoe and Muskoka. The Health Canada investigation cleared any concerns about the products and the vaccine supplies have been freed up for use.

Stanford encourages everyone from six months of age to 90 to be vaccinated against the flu. It’s the most effective means of preventing the spread one of the most unpleasant diseases of the winter season.

“We really like to stress that people aren’t getting the flu vaccine just to protect themselves; it prevents the flu from spreading to others around them,” Stanford said. “It’s a selfless gesture that protects babies, the frail elderly and others whose immune systems are compromised who could develop life-threatening complications from the flu.”

For more information about the vaccines, and influenza, visit the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.

 


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