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Go to your Doctor, Pharmacist or Clinic to get your Flu Shot

Don’t Risk Your Health

Hamilton, Ontario October 27, 2015 – Flu season is here. You and your family may be at risk of getting sick with the flu if you do not get the flu vaccine. Protect yourself today.

The flu is a serious illness that affects the breathing system. It starts suddenly and often lasts longer than a cold. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, chills, tiredness, weakness, cough, runny eyes, stuffy nose and sore throat. Some people may have health problems and even have to stay in the hospital because of the flu.

The virus is often spread by droplets from coughing and sneezing. It can also be spread by touching your eyes or mouth after you touch objects and surfaces that have the virus on them. The flu virus can live on surfaces for up to 8 hours.

The flu shot is now available. Ontarians six months of age and older can get flu shot from their doctor or at a clinic. Anyone five years of age and older can also get their flu shot from a pharmacist.  A list of locations in Hamilton where you can get your flu shot can be found at: www.hamilton.ca/flu.

Getting the flu shot is the best way to protect you and those around you from the flu. The flu vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine. If you are exposed to the flu virus after getting the flu shot, you may still get flu-like symptoms; however, these symptoms are often less severe than if you did not get the flu shot. The flu shot is the best way to protect you and your family from getting sick with the flu this season.

Don’t risk your health. Go to your doctor, pharmacist or clinic to get your flu shot today. For more information about the flu shot, visit www.hamilton.ca/flu or call 905-546-CITY (2489).

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