Anyone Want a Flu Shot?

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Algoma Public Health, Sault Area Hospital and the Group Health Centre want the community to be healthy during this flu season.

Influenza, or the flu, is a very contagious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms include rapid onset of high fever, headache, sore throat, cough, and muscle aches and pains.

“The flu is not the same as a cold. The flu can be a very serious illness,” said Dr. Barker, medical officer of health at Algoma Public Health. “When you get a flu shot, you reduce the risk of passing on the virus to other people – especially those at high risk of complications. Vaccination creates immunity to protect us from infections.”

Those at higher risk include the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, and children between the ages of six and 59 months of age. Medical complications from influenza infections include pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections.

The flu shot is available through your health care provider, participating pharmacies or by appointment from Algoma Public Health. To book an appointment, please call 705-541-2332 or Toll Free at 1-800-469-2449.

Besides getting immunized, one of the best ways to reduce the spread of the virus and to protect vulnerable members of the public is to stay home when sick. Do not visit relatives in their homes, long-term care facilities and hospitals if you are sick.

Stay healthy this flu season. Here’s how:

• Get your flu shot.
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds.
• Cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve or a tissue, not in your hand. Dispose of tissues immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
• Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue).

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  1. Hey guys make sure u come and get injected with a flu virus so u won’t get sick ……..bahahahahaha who ever lets the government give u anything in a needle is reckless with there life ……Obama supported bringing Ebola to the states …… You honestly believe the states dos not run our government ur sadly mistaken . There is only one reasonable explanation Obama would let his ppl have a chance for it to spread …. population control …..meaning he is trying to lower the poputalion …”………murdereing innocent ppl his ppl and not a single person is is dining anything about it how can u trust a person that dos not tell u anything intill after the fact …. How come we didn’t find out about Isis intill bombs were dropped in east ……..open ur eyes ppl the devil is here and the government is his way of making our life’s hell …….assanate j.f.k. Because he cared for the ppl … Promote Obama he wants to kill us all lol think you amricans are so gulable and cowards for not standing up for ur family and human rights which also he’s taking away slowly like the second admen ment. Now why would he want ur guns ummmmm so u can fight back ……….now why would you even have to fight back ……..Ebola population control !,,

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