With seasonal flu activity already underway this month (and continuing into May) it's important to get vaccinated. To protect yourself, your loved ones, and others against the flu and its complications, visit The Medical Station this month for your flu shot.
Flu Shot Clinic Dates at The Medical Station
The number one thing you can do to protect yourself and others from the flu is to get vaccinated! Come see us during any of our November Flu Shot clinics.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A PATIENT TO GET A FLU SHOT AT OUR CLINIC. NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED.
|Saturday, October 28||10:00 – 11:00 am|
|Monday, October 30||10:00 – 11:00 am|
|Wednesday, November 1||5:00 - 6:00 pm|
|Saturday, November 4||10:00 – 11:00 am|
|Wednesday, November 8||10:00 – 11:00 am|
|Wednesday, November 15||5:00 - 6:00 pm|
More About the Flu
What is the flu?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Anyone can get the flu and infect others before you even display symptoms. Symptoms usually start 1-4 days after exposure and last 2-10 days. You are typically contagious up to 7 days after you get sick - flu germs from sneezes can travel up to six feet, and the flu can live on surfaces for up to eight hours.
The flu can cause mild to severe illness, sometimes leading to pneumonia or even death in extreme cases. Between 10-20% of Ontario's population gets the flu each year.
How do I know if I have the flu?
Symptoms vary from person to person, but some common ones include:
- Body aches
- Extreme tiredness
- Cough or sore throat
Need help distinguishing between a cold and the flu? Take a look at this helpful chart made by the provincial government:
Other Ways to Protect Yourself
In addition to getting the flu vaccine, there are other steps you can take to help protect yourself against the flu:
- Wash your hands often (do not forget to use soap!)
- Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer nearby
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay at home if you're feeling sick
- Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected