This year’s flu vaccine is being offered across the district. Doctor David Williams is the province's top public health official, and he recommends that parents of children -- who are older than six months -- have their kids vaccinated.

"They have the option of either getting the injectable vaccine, or those concerned about getting needles, the intra-nasal spray," he says.

The standard vaccine protects against four strains of influenza.

Williams is Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and he says it also important for seniors in the district to get their flu shot this year.

"People with the flu, or two to four weeks after the flu, seem to be more susceptible to cardia strain or a heart attack," he noted.

Those over 65, or with weak immune systems, are at the greatest risk. So, Williams is urging everyone to get their free flu shot, as soon as possible.

Check with your local pharmacist to get your flu shot.

 

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