Point Edward, ON – To keep Lambton strong, Lambton Public Health is asking residents to get their free influenza (flu) vaccine. Flu vaccines are available from various locations across the County, including your local pharmacy, health care provider and community clinics.
For those who have difficulty accessing the flu shot at their pharmacy or health care provider’s office, Lambton Public Health will be offering several community clinics by appointment only. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday October 20th, you can book an appointment by phone or online by visiting LambtonPublicHealth.ca/flu-shot.
The flu shot is recommended for individuals 6 months of age and older. Please note that pharmacists can provide vaccines to those 5 years of age and older. For those who are 65 years and older, there are two different flu shots available – standard-dose and high-dose. Both vaccines protect against the flu and the most important thing is for older adults to be vaccinated. Discuss your options with your healthcare provider.
“The flu vaccine is proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations, and deaths related to the flu. During a pandemic, it’s important to reduce the strain on the health care system from other infections, so we have the capacity to respond to COVID-19,” said Crystal Palleschi, supervisor with Lambton Public Health. Protect yourself and your circle by getting a seasonal flu shot; it’s the safest and most effective way to prevent the spread of the flu.
Influenza spreads in a similar way to COVID-19: through coughing, sneezing, or touching infected surfaces. The flu usually lasts 2-7 days; sometimes longer in the elderly and those with health problems. The flu is a respiratory disease, which is not to be confused with a stomach illness that involves vomiting or diarrhea.
During this time of uncertainty, it is important to do everything we can to keep our community safe and protect our loved ones. Those who are more vulnerable to flu and COVID-related complications are:
- 65 years of age or older
- Under 5 years of age
- Have a chronic health condition
- Living in a care facility
It is crucial for you to get your flu shot if you are in close contact with any of the groups listed above.
Flu season typically runs November to April when temperatures fall and people are in closer contact indoors. After getting the flu shot, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect and provide protection. The earlier you get vaccinated, the sooner you are protected.
To prevent the spread of both the flu and COVID-19:
- Clean your hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover your cough – use a tissue or sleeve
- Keep surfaces clean
- If you’re sick, stay home
For information about influenza and where to access the free flu shot, visit LambtonPublicHealth.ca/flu-shot, or call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 or toll free 1-800-667-1839.
- Online appointment booking: app.getcorigan.ca
- If unable to book online, call: 519-383-8331 or toll free 1-800-667-1839
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