Flu vaccine is now available at pharmacies and your family doctor

News 100 blueBy Staff

November 6th, 2017



If she can do it – you can do it.

McMahon getting flu shot Dec 16-15

Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon getting her flu shot.

Burlington’s MPP will be out today getting her flu shot. They are now available at many pharmacies and your family doctor.

“The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu. Getting the vaccine  shot is quick, it’s painless, and it’s free for anyone who works, lives, or goes to school in Ontario.

The sooner you are vaccinated, the sooner you can protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu. I encourage everyone who is able to do so get a flu shot as soon as possible,” said MPP McMahon.

There are a number other of simple steps to prevent the spread of the flu virus including:

• Wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to help remove bacteria and viruses. Wash before and after eating, after you have been in a public place, after using the washroom, after coughing and sneezing, and after touching surfaces that may have been contaminated. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also effective in killing viruses.

• Keep your hands away from your face. In most cases, the flu virus enters the body through the eyes, nose or mouth.

• Cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands.

• Keep common surface areas clean and disinfected. Doorknobs, light switches, telephones, keyboards and other surfaces can become contaminated with all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of these surfaces with regular household disinfectants can help. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours.

• If you get sick, stay home. If you think you have the flu, you should stay home until your symptoms are gone. If your symptoms get worse, call your health care provider.

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