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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Don't be one of the 'Walking Dead' this flu season

WRHA, Comic Con and RBC Convention Centre join forces to encourage the public to 'get the shot, not the flu'

Attendees of this year’s Central Canada Comic Con, superheroes, aliens and villains alike – media included - will all have the opportunity to get their free flu shot at Winnipeg’s most largely attended annual convention which starts November 1st.

“It’s important Winnipeggers take every precaution to S.H.I.E.L.D themselves from the flu,” WRHA President & CEO, Arlene Wilgosh quipped. “Routine hand washing and an annual vaccination are the best ways to do that.” She thanked Comic Con organizers for hosting this year’s flu launch at Central Canada Comic Con.

An estimated 10 to 15 percent of Canadians get influenza every year, so it’s important to protect yourself, and your loved ones, from spreading the virus. It’s especially important for seniors and young children to be vaccinated as they, along with those with chronic illnesses, are most at risk for serious complications from the flu virus.

It takes up to 10 days, sometimes longer, to fully recover from the flu. Manitobans should attempt to ‘boldly go where no one has gone before’ and experience a flu-free winter this year. Get your shot today and join the 28,000 Winnipeggers who’ve already visited our public flu clinics to get vaccinated – that’s more than 6,000 more people than last year.

“Comic Con reaches out to the young at heart from every age group and every demographic,” said Comic Con publicist, Stephanie Meilleur. “We want everyone to enjoy the Comic Con experience and want to offer the sound logic of being vaccinated while they are here.”

“As an active member in our community we want to keep our ‘collective’ [Manitobans] healthy,” said Klaus Lahr, President & CEO, RBC Convention Centre. “Getting the flu shot is important to preserve your own health and also helps protect those in your care from getting sick this season. Remember: winter is coming.”

Flu shots will be available to Comic Con attendees Friday afternoon and during Saturday’s daytime activities.

For more information contact:

Bronwyn Penner-Holigroski
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Tel: 204.926.7868
Cell: 204.782.2898

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