Preparing for the Flu Season

The kids are well into school routines, the pumpkins are ready, the Maple Leafs are off to another great start (7-3 as of this posting) and also like clock-work but much less fun…the flu season is coming.

In the same fashion as the Leafs have been hard at work preparing to improve on last year’s dramatic play-off exit at the hands of the Boston Bruins, Halton Region has been busy preparing for another round of influenza (flu) immunization clinics.

People of all ages can get the flu. It’s important to keep in mind that by protecting yourself from the virus, you are also protecting other people in your life who may be at risk of severe illness from the flu.

Halton’s Health Department reports the best way to protect against getting and spreading the flu is to get the annual influenza immunization (flu shot). There are many options which make it easier for you to get your flu shot.

Click here for a link to Ontario’s Flu Clinic Locator, which will give you the locations of all flu immunization clinics including pharmacies.

Halton Region is offering 28 flu immunization clinics throughout the Region. Physicians’ offices, walk-in clinics, many pharmacies and some workplaces offer the vaccine too. Be sure to call the walk-in clinic or pharmacy before you go.

Personal protective measures are also an effective way to prevent catching or spreading the flu and many other common illnesses. These include:

  • Frequent hand washing with soap and warm water for a minimum of 15 seconds
  • Using an alcohol based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • Staying home when you’re sick
  • Coughing and sneezing into your sleeve or a tissue
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces such as door knobs, telephones, computers or remote controls

Here’s hoping to a healthy flu season and a successful Leafs’ season.

For more information on the flu, please dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/flu.

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