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’Flu shot campaign set to get underway

Getting a ’flu shot is a small action on your part but can mean a great deal to those who are most vulnerable for getting very sick or dying from influenza.

A ’flu shot protects you, your loved ones, and your community.

Seasonal influenza vaccine is available to all residents of Ontario who are over six months of age, free of charge.

People who have been identified as being at the highest risk of influenza and its complications are encouraged to get immunized as early as possible.

Starting in mid-October, you can get a ’flu shot from your local Northwestern Health Unit office or at one of our community clinics.

Clinics will run throughout the fall, and vaccine also will be available through the winter and spring.

You can go to the following up-to-date sources of information to find out when and where to get your shot:

•phone your local NHU office;

•call (toll-free) 1-866-468-2240;

•visit www.nwhu.on.ca; or

•look for posters and schedules in your community.

Because of the logistics of vaccine supply and demand, we will not be advertising clinic schedules in the newspaper this year.

With the vaccine arriving in shipments throughout the ’flu season, we need to ensure our clinic schedules match our vaccine supply, which means they might change frequently.

’Flu shot season is an opportunity for the NHU to set up readily-accessible sources of up-to-date information so the community is familiar with how to get information from us in case of a public health emergency.

By learning how to access these information sources, you are helping be prepared in case of another vaccine type of emergency or a future influenza pandemic (like H1N1).

Talking with staff directly gives you an opportunity to find out about other vaccines you may need, too, to best protect you, your loved ones, and your community.

Meanwhile, get your ’flu shot! Who are you protecting?

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