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Influenza shows up in Simcoe, Muskoka

Dec 10, 2012
The first cases of influenza have begun to make their seasonal appearance in Simcoe and Muskoka.

­­­The first cases of influenza have begun to make their seasonal appearance in Simcoe and Muskoka. The health unit has reported sporadic activity of the flu over the last two weeks.

The rise in flu cases locally matches a pattern across Ontario, with localized spread occurring in many health unit regions.

Although expected, the appearance of the flu is slightly earlier than in recent years, prompting a reminder that people should ensure they are vaccinated against the flu before the busy festive season.

“When families get together over the holidays, it creates an ideal opportunity for the flu to find new ways of spreading,” said Mary Ann Holmes, the acting manager of vaccine preventable diseases at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. “But when people get the flu shot, they’re not just protecting themselves; they’re preventing the virus from spreading to the rest of the family or to co-workers.”

Nearly all the lab-confirmed cases in Ontario have been a strain of influenza A included in this year’s vaccine, meaning protection against the flu should be very high.

While the health unit’s public flu vaccine clinics have concluded there remain many opportunities for people to get their shots. Family physicians and many pharmacies provide the vaccine, and some workplaces have established clinics for their employees.

For more information about the flu shot, visit the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org, or call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 am. to 4:30 p.m.

 

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