Fall 2014Health tips

Here’s the point: get a flu shot

With the fall months come crisp morning air, a quiet(er) home with the kids back in school, dreams of a winter beach vacation—and the flu. All it takes is one person to bring home the flu, and before long, everyone has it. So this year, stay one step ahead and get vaccinated.

Afraid of needles? Fear no more! The vaccine is available as a nasal spray for those 2 to 59 years old. Speak with your doctor to find out whether this option is right for you.

Think the flu shot is just for the elderly? No way. The young and seemingly healthy can catch the flu just as easily as those over 65. Getting the vaccine is the selfless choice and it ensures you aren’t risking the health of anyone around you, especially if they’re pregnant, young than 5 or older than 65.

The flu season changes from year to year, and can last anywhere from October to May. That’s why Health Canada and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting vaccinated by October. And remember that it takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect.

Contact your doctor to find out where and how you can receive the flu vaccine. For more information about the flu and the vaccine, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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