Region health department encourages protection for yourself and others with flu shot

“It’s important that we to do our part to stop the spread of the flu as every season is unpredictable,” said Brenda Kwan, health department health protection manager. “Since the season has just started, it’s not too late to get your seasonal flu shot.”

This year’s flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older and protects against four strains of the virus. The flu vaccine is offered through local health care providers, such as family doctors, nurse practitioners and walk-in clinics. Pharmacies are also able to offer the vaccine to residents over the age of five.

Residents and families with children who are under the age of five, who have no OHIP coverage or no access to a health care provider, are encouraged to call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

You not only protect yourself, you also protect loved ones and vulnerable populations by getting your flu shot and practicing the following proper infection prevention and control measures.

Stay home if you have fever, coughing, sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow/sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid sharing utensils, drink containers, lip products or toothbrushes.

For more information about the flu, including flu vaccine information and locations visit durham.ca/flu.

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