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- As Flu Season Nears, Area Residents Encouraged to Get Flu Shot from Health Care Provider, Pharmacist or Health Unit -

With winter just around the corner, local residents are being urged to not only get their flu shots but to ensure they are up-to-date on all their vaccines.

Vaccines are safe and one of the most effective ways to stay healthy, according to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. In Ontario, vaccines are available at no-charge and recommended at different ages and stages of life. People can also call the Health Unit (toll-free at 1-866-888-4577) to find out more about required vaccines.

When it comes to the flu shot, the Health Unit recommends that anyone six months of age and older get the vaccine every fall in order to reduce their risk of influenza.

“Flu vaccine can reduce your risk of getting sick from influenza, so it’s worth rolling up your sleeve to get one,” says Marianne Rock, Manager of Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology and Evaluation with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Even if you get the flu after getting a flu shot, your illness is usually milder than if you had not been vaccinated.”

In Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes, there are many ways to get a flu shot:

• Speak to your doctor or health care provider to get flu vaccine.

• Visit your local pharmacy to get a flu shot. Pharmacists can provide flu vaccine to anyone five years of age and older. This fall, nearly 50 pharmacies are providing flu vaccine in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. A complete list of approved pharmacies offering the flu shot is available by clicking here. You can also check directly with the pharmacy in your community.

• Book an appointment at special ‘family-friendly’ flu vaccine clinics being offered by the Health Unit for families with children under the age of five years. Both children and their parents/caregivers can receive their flu shots at these clinics. To make an appointment, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507. The following clinic dates are available:

- In Haliburton on Wednesday, November 9, at the Health Unit office (191 Highland St.)

- In Lindsay on Thursday, November 10, at the Health Unit office (108 Angeline St. S.)

- In Port Hope on Thursday, November 17, at the Health Unit office (200 Rose Glen Rd.)

- In Brighton on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Brighton Community Resource Centre (1 Young St.)

Because of the many health care providers and pharmacists offering flu vaccine in the area this fall, the Health Unit will not be providing community flu shot clinics in 2016 as it has in previous years. Instead, the Health Unit is providing the ‘family-friendly’ flu vaccine clinics geared to families with children under five to ensure they also have easy access to flu vaccine, Rock says.

For media inquiries, contact:

Marianne Rock, Manager, Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology and Evaluation, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, or toll-free: 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1486.

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