Protect yourself and take a (flu) shot in the arm
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit held the first of 30 flu shot clinics Monday and had a lineup out the door at the Italian Cultural Centre.
Joan Baril was one of the first to receive the shot and is a participant in the Face of Flu campaign.
“I’m over 65 and fall into one those groups that really need the flu shot,’’ said Baril.
“When you’re my age on the wrong side of the 65 divide, the senior side, your immune system is not what it should be or what it once was, and it is so important I think not to get sick, and I’m too busy to get the flu.”
Dr. Janet DeMille, associate medical officer of health for the Thunder Bay and District Health Unit said “flu every year causes significant illness and even death in people all over Canada and here included.
“The flu shot is the number one way for an individual to protect themselves against getting the flu . . . not only protecting themselves, but protecting other people.”
“There are certainly high-risk groups in our population that are more likely to suffer from negative consequences of a result of having influenza, so we encourage people to get immunized as a way of protecting them, their families, their community, from influenza,” she said.
The province recommends everyone aged six months and up get the flu shot.
Priority groups for the shot are people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, children under five and adults over 65.
Health care providers, teachers, home care workers, day care providers and family members who have an infant should be immunized.
The health unit is offering 30 clinics over the next six weeks in Thunder Bay and surrounding rural communities, as well as Greenstone, Nipigon, Red Rock, Terrace Bay, Schreiber, Marathon and Manitouwadge.
The clinics, family doctors, health clinics and centres, nurse practitioners, some pharmacies and some workplaces provide flu shots, with 50,000 doses administered and distributed by the health unit annually.
For more information, visit thunderbayflu.ca; or call 807-624-9082 or 1-866-607-3337.