Free Tune-up Against Flu

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The County of Lambton Community Health Services Department wants to encourage residents to make health a top priority by protecting yourself and those around you against the influenza (flu) virus this season. By getting a flu shot each year, you can help prevent the infection or reduce the severity of illness and reduce the spread of the virus in the community.

The flu is a common respiratory disease that is caused by a highly infectious virus. The virus can spread quickly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. The virus can also be transferred on the hands of people with flu and the surfaces they have touched like door knobs and telephones.

Symptoms will often begin in your throat and nose and may include a fever, dry cough, body aches and fatigue. It is more dangerous than the common cold. Millions of Canadians are affected by the flu each year. Even though most of these people recover completely, "an estimated 4000 to 8000 Canadians, mostly young children and seniors will die every year from flu-related complications like pneumonia."

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Those who are at greatest risk of influenza-related complications include the very young (6 to 23 months), the elderly, residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities, pregnant women, and those who already have medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney or heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, or an immune system that is compromised due to cancer, HIV infection, or some other cause.

Prevention is the key. Increase your defenses against the flu virus:

• Get your annual flu shot.
• Wash your hands often.
• Eat a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables.
• Stay home if you are ill.

To receive your free flu shot book an appointment with your doctor or visit one of the scheduled community clinics in Lambton County.

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