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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Flu shot remains your best protection: Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Community clinics offer free flu shots to the public starting October 21

To encourage Winnipeggers to "Get the shot, not the flu," the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's (WRHA) free community flu shot clinics launch tomorrow and run from October 21-24, 2015. The clinics provide free flu shots to the public at 12 locations in the city.

"Although last year's vaccine proved to be a weaker match to one of the strains that was circulating, it's still important to receive the flu vaccine" said Dr. Bunmi Fatoye, Medical Officer of Health, WRHA. "The flu virus is constantly changing but antibodies made in response to vaccination with one virus, can provide protection against different but related viruses. This year's flu shot protects against four strains of influenza, providing additional protection to one more strain," Fatoye added.

The annual flu vaccine is especially important for the following: pregnant women, children between six months and five years old, seniors over the age of 65, those with a chronic illness, health-care workers or first responders, individuals of Aboriginal ancestry, people who are severely overweight or obese, or as determined by your primary health-care provider.

You can increase the odds of avoiding the flu and protecting yourself and others by getting the flu shot at one of the regional community clinics, as well as taking these protective measures:

  • Wash your hands as much as possible
  • Avoid touching your eyes or nose with unwashed hands

The flu shot is also available through your doctor's office, pharmacy, walk-in clinic, or QuickCare clinic.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, fatigue, head and body aches, and runny nose. Individuals who become ill should take the following precautions to avoid spreading the virus, especially in the first three to five days (seven for children):

  • Cover your cough with a tissue, your sleeve or elbow; avoid coughing into your hands
  • Stay away from personal care homes, homes for the elderly or those with chronic illness
  • Don't go to work or school
  • Stay home and rest 

For more information on the community clinics, visit www.wrha.mb.ca/flu or call 204-956-shot.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Jularbal
204-926-7866

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