Seasonal influenza vaccine is being made available to the public starting this Friday (October 14) as Lambton Public Health works with local pharmacies, healthcare providers and community clinic hosts to incrase access to the free vaccine.
There are a variety of access point across Lambton County, including nine community clinics, 29 pharmacies, and healthcare providers, including doctors and nurse practitioners.
A full list of clinics and dates as well as participating pharmacies can be found at www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.
Flu season normally runs fro November to April. Last year, a combined 25,132 flu vaccinations were administered in the area. It takes two weeks for full protection to kick in and provides protection for 4-6 months, according to a news release sent by Lambton Public Health.
‘The best defense against influenza is a flu shot. It is the safest way to prevent the spread of the flu and the best way to protect loved ones.’—Erin Courtney, Lambton Public Health.
influenza is one of the most communicable diseases. It spreads easily through coughing, sneezing, or touching infected surfaces, lasting two to seven days, sometimes longer in the elderly and those with health problems.
“Despite best efforts to protect themselves and their families, people can’t always protect against germs carried by others,” said Erin Courtney, supervisor with Lambton Public Health. “The best defense against influenza is a flu shot. It is the safest way to prevent the spread of the flu and the best way to protect loved ones.”
Among those at high risk of influenza-based complications are:
- Adults 65 years of age or older
- Infants and children six months to under 5 years of age
- Individuals with a chronic health condition
- Pregnant women
- Residents in a long-term care home or other chronic care facility
- Aboriginal peoples
Individuals capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk:
- Healthcare workers
- Household contacts of those at high rik
- Individuals in contact with children less than five years of age
For more information about the flu, prevention, and access points to the free flu shot vaccine, visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca, or call Lambton Public Health’s Flu Info Line at (519) 383-3812 or toll-free 18-800-667-1639, ext. 3812.