Halton Region seasonal influenza (flu) immunization clinics begin October 14 for high-risk individuals

Halton Region seasonal influenza (flu) immunization clinics begin October 14 for high-risk individuals

Release Date: Oct 9, 2014

The Halton Region Health Department’s seasonal influenza (flu) immunizations clinics will begin on October 14, offering vaccine for high-risk individuals only. The clinics will be held at various seniors’ centres throughout the Region. Nurses will be screening residents to ensure they meet the high-risk criteria.

High-risk individuals include:

  • those at high risk for complications of the flu; for example, those over 65 or with certain underlying health conditions and pregnant women
  • those who may spread the flu to high-risk people; for example health care or other care providers
  • those who provide essential community services; for example, paramedics or police officers

High-risk individuals can also receive influenza (flu) immunizations at doctors’ offices and walk-in clinics.

The Health Department’s community influenza clinics for all residents aged six months and older are scheduled to begin the week of October 27 in Halton. Flu immunization will also be available at doctor’s offices, walk-in clinics, and, for those aged five years and older, at many pharmacies throughout Halton.

Getting the influenza vaccine every year is the most important way to protect against the flu. It also helps to prevent the spread of the virus to those who are vulnerable to complications of the flu. Influenza immunization is recommended for all those six months of age and older.

Most healthy people recover from the flu within a few days; however, influenza infection can lead to pneumonia, hospitalization, and even death, especially in the elderly, those under five years of age, and those of all ages with certain chronic health conditions.

In addition to getting vaccinated, you can take everyday precautions by washing your hands frequently, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth because the influenza virus enters your body through these routes. If you are sick, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading your illness to others, and see your doctor if your illness continues to worsen or does not begin to improve after a few days.

For more information on the flu, including all clinic dates and locations and those considered high-risk, visit www.halton.ca/flu, or dial 311.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Media Contacts:
Andrea Montgomery
Acting Communications Advisor
Policy Integration & Communications
Halton Region
905-825-6000 ext. 7889
andrea.montgomery@halton.ca

Anna Larson
Acting Communications Advisor
Policy Integration & Communications
Halton Region
905-825-6000 ext. 7851
anna.larson@halton.ca