January 13, 2011
Ontarians are being encouraged to get immunized as flu activity continues to increase across the province.
Flu activity is currently higher than at this time in previous years and hospitals are reporting that they are treating an influx of flu patients.
The flu is a serious, acute respiratory illness that is easily transmitted person to person or even through direct contact with surfaces contaminated by the influenza virus. The good news is that it can be easily avoided with a simple vaccination. People are further encouraged to follow other infection-prevention behaviours, such as washing hands thoroughly and often, sneezing and coughing into their sleeves, and staying home when they’re sick.
In particular, those at higher risk of influenza related complications are strongly encouraged to get the flu shot. These include the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. The flu shot is a safe and effective way of keeping you and your family healthy.
This is the eleventh year that Ontario has committed to protecting the health of everyone and their families by offering, at no charge to the public, the influenza vaccine for anyone over six months old that lives, works or attends school in Ontario.
“I got my shot and I encourage everyone to get their flu shot. Not only are you protecting yourself from the flu, but you are also protecting your family by preventing the illness from spreading. There are many places to get your shot, and you have a number of options in the community if it comes to being treated for the flu as well.”
– Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Getting a flu shot is a proven, safe and effective way to promote good health and prevent illness.”
– Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health
Find out where you can get your free flu shot.
Learn more about Ontario’s flu shot program.
Learn more about your health care options in Ontario.
Neala Barton, 416-327-4388
David Jensen, 416-314-6197
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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