Flu Shot Information

Updated: Thursday November 16, 2017

It’s that time of year again ~ Flu Season!

Flu (or influenza) is a common respiratory illness affecting millions of Canadians each year. In Canada, flu season usually runs from November to April. The flu viruses are capable of changing from year to year; this is why it is necessary to be immunized each fall.

The most effective way to protect yourself and others from the flu is to get a flu shot each year in the fall. Regular hand washing is another way to help minimize your risk. By washing your hands often, you will reduce your chance of becoming infected.

Your family doctor would like to inform you of our flu shot clinic times.  We suggest you mark them on your calendar and call to book your appointment. For those over the age of 65, it is strongly recommended that you consider getting the flu shot.

*      After you get a flu shot, your immune system will work against the strains of virus

*      The flu shot is effective for four to six months.

*      The benefits of flu shots far outweigh the risks.

*      When you are exposed to the flu virus, the flu shot will help to prevent infection OR reduce the severity of the illness.

*      The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza because it does not contain any live virus.

*      The most common side effect is soreness at the site of injection, which may last a couple of days. You might also notice fever, fatigue and muscle aches within 6 to 12 hours after your shot, and these effects may last a day or two.

The primary reason to get a flu shot is to protect yourself from health effects related to flu.  Seniors who have the flu shot are less likely to be hospitalized or die than those who do not. Also, by getting a flu shot, you will help protect others and reduce the burden on the health care system.

 

Flu vaccine is free but you must bring your health card number to get the flu shot.  The Smithville Medical Centre FHT 2017 Flu Clinic times are as follows:

PLEASE CALL TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT  (905-957-3328)

Thursday November 16th 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Monday November 20th 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday November 21st 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday November 23rd 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday November 28th 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday November 30th 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday December 7th 6:00 – 7:00 pm

If you have already received or will receive your flu shot at another location, please let us know so that we can update your chart.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

The Doctors of the Smithville Medical Centre Family Health Team

 

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