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Health unit gearing for ’flu shot season

In the next few weeks, the Northwestern Health Unit will be receiving seasonal influenza vaccine from the provincial vaccine depot and making plans for distribution across the region.

Before vaccine can be given to the public, health unit staff must ensure the vaccine is transported and stored at a temperature between two and eight degrees Celsius in all NWHU offices and all other health-care settings.

This process will take place as quickly as possible while ensuring a quality vaccine supply reaches the public.

As in past years, seasonal influenza vaccine will be available free of charge to those residents of Ontario who are over six months of age.

Vaccine will be available to the public starting in the second half of October and into November.

Community care settings such as physicians’ offices, long-term care facilities, aboriginal health services, and hospitals can begin immunizing as soon as they have received vaccine and are prepared to start.

People who have been identified by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as being at the highest risk of influenza and complications should get immunized early.

This group includes:

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