Kingston-area public health encourages people to get the flu shot

Kingston-area public health encourages people to get the flu shot

"Since 2012, Ontarians have increasingly demonstrated their preference to getting their flu shot from their community pharmacist, with more than 1.2 million pharmacy immunizations past year alone", said Justin Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association. "The flu shot will be available across the province to protect you and your family".

The vaccine available in Kingston includes protection against the H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B strains.

And while some people are skeptical about getting the shot, Dr. Sohail Gandhi, president of the Ontario Medical Association, assured the public that it is safe.

Nearly two weeks ago, local public health recommended people 65 years or older receive one of two vaccines specifically designed for elderly people, including Fluzone High-Dose, which provides protection against three strains of influenza and contains four times the amount of antigen as a regular flu shot, and Fluzone Quadrivalent, which protects against four strains of influenza.

Ottawa Public Health is joining the campaign.

Providing the right care in the right place: when patients need care, ensure that they receive it in the most appropriate setting, not always the hospital. OSDH recommends contacting a health care provider as soon as they develop symptoms.

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Despite the Ford government's promise of 15,000 new nursing home beds, the wait list for long-term care will also increase over the next five years, the report says.

Last flu season, there were 275 flu-related deaths in Ontario, and over 5,000 hospitalizations.

Two of those who died in the state were children.

Children, pregnant women and people 65 and older are at high risk for flu-related complications.

It was a busy day at the Flu Shot Clinic at St. Pius X on Wednesday with a steady flow of people going in and out to get their vaccines.

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