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It’s not too late to get your flu shot: Dr. Colby

flu shotsDr. Colby, Medical Officer of Health is reminding everyone that it is not too late to get your flu shot.

Flu shots are available at several different locations, including your health care provider’s office, pharmacies (except for children under 5) and the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit Clinic site.

Ontario has experienced an increase in flu cases over the past week. The predominant circulating strain is a good match to the seasonal vaccine. Getting vaccinated provides the best protection against the flu. It is especially important to vaccinate people born after 1957 as this group has less background immunity.  Unvaccinated children under 5 are the most susceptible and although they often don’t appear particularly ill, they can easily spread the infection at holiday gatherings.  It takes about 10-14 days after you receive your flu shot for your body to fully develop protection against the influenza virus.

While immunization is the most important control measure for flu prevention, frequent hand washing and staying home when ill are also important to prevent transmission to vulnerable people.

For more information or to book an appointment to get your flu shot at the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, call the Immunization intake line at (519) 355-1071 Ext 5900.