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I am Healthy, Why Should I Get the Flu Vaccine?

Here are a few important reasons:

• Improves your chances of staying healthy during the flu season
• Reduces the chance your friends or family will get sick
• The virus changes every year. Getting this year’s shot gives you the best protection
• Reduces your chances of missing time from work or special events
• The flu virus lives on surfaces you touch 
 
Are you a health care or emergency worker?

• You have a high risk of passing the virus to vulnerable people, even if you don’t feel sick.
• Get the flu shot to protect yourself, your coworkers, and those you serve in our community.

Here are some basic facts about the flu vaccine:

• It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to build protection in your body.
• The flu vaccine does not cause the flu.
• Even if you get the flu after receiving vaccine, the symptoms tend to be milder.
• The vaccine does not protect against colds or other illnesses that have symptoms like influenza.

What’s the big deal about the flu?

• Even very healthy people can become quite ill, missing up to 5-7 days of work.
• You could pass the virus to someone who is at high risk for getting very sick with the flu, or for a complication of the flu like pneumonia: a pregnant woman, a baby, someone with diabetes, or an older relative.

Where can I get the flu shot this season?

Pharmacy - children 5 and older, and all adults
• Family Doctor - early immunization for high risk groups, all age groups
• Nurse Practitioner - early immunization for high risk groups, all age groups
• Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit – clients with no Ontario Health Card, children under 5 with no family doctor or nurse practitioner 
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