With all the shopping, travelling and parties this time of year, your chances of catching or spreading the flu are much higher. Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams says getting the free flu shot is like giving yourself and those around you a holiday gift, saying you may be more exposed than you think.
"When people cough or sneeze, they should cover up, but a lot of people don't," says the doctor. "Their particles or droplets can go 10 or 11 feet, nearly across the room. Just because you're not right next to the person, you can still be impacted by that person."
Dr. Williams says people often don’t realize how serious the flu can be until they experience it – and this year, he suggests you spread joy, not the flu.
He emphasizes flu season still has a long way to go, so it’s not too late to get your flu shot. According to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, this year's vaccine is a good match for the viruses they're seeing in the province.
Getting the shot is as easy as stopping into a participating pharmacy.
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