Flu season lasts till April. Public Health will offer two flu shot clinics for Guelph residents in the Shelldale Public Health Teaching Room at the Shelldale Centre, 20 Shelldale Cresent between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 28.
Residents can call 1-800-265-7293 to book an appointment or just walk in and receive their free flu shot.
The vaccine is up to 70 percent effective in preventing influenza, depending on your age, your health, and other factors. Even if your flu shot doesn’t always protect you from the flu, it could protect you against serious complications like pneumonia. Children have a stronger immune response to the vaccine so they are better protected when they get the flu shot.
The following letters were forwarded to the Canada Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) this week in response to a recent CBC Radio program about second-hand smoke.
- Letter to Mr. Michael Enright, Host of the Sunday Edition, CBC Radio, on behalf of all Medical Officers of Health in Ontario (PDF, 3 pages)
- Letter to Ms. Esther Enkin, Ombudsman, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, re: Michael Enright’s essay “Exploding the myth that second-hand smoke causes cancer” from the Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud (PDF, 4 pages)
Stop smoking for the month of March for your chance to win:
What do you have to do?
- Choose a buddy who will support you as you go tobacco-free.
- Register by February 28, 2014.
- Quit smoking by March 1, 2014 and remain tobacco-free for the month.
- Remain tobacco-free for the month of March.
Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health.
Visit DriventoQuit.ca to get started!
Flu activity is increasing in Ontario and our local area is no exception. This season’s flu shot is a good match for the circulating H1N1 virus. If you haven’t had your shot yet, it’s not too late to get immunized.
You can get your shot in one of three ways:
- From your doctor
- At a pharmacy (see a list of local pharmacies offering the shot)
- By appointment at a Public Health clinic
There is also a nasal spray vaccine called FluMist.