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BRAMPTON, ON. (Oct. 20, 2011) Ė ††With the flu season at our doorstep, Peel Public Health began administering doses of prevention today at the Cawthra Community Centre, where they held their first community flu clinic of the year.
“Each year we have cases of the flu, from mild to very serious, throughout our community. Fortunately, the flu vaccine is readily available at various doctors’ offices throughout Peel and at our community flu clinics,” said Dr. Monica Hau, Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel.
It takes approximately two weeks from the time you get your flu shot for your body to develop the antibodies it needs to protect itself against the virus.
†“Getting the flu vaccine is the most effective way of preventing the flu. The sooner you get the flu shot, the sooner you’ll be protected,” Dr. Hau advised.
In Canada, flu season typically begins in October and ends in April. Getting the flu shot now will help you build the antibodies you need to protect you until the end of the flu season. If you got the flu vaccine last year, you’ll need to get another flu shot this year to build your immunity up again.
In addition to getting the flu shot, you can reduce the spread of the flu by:
- Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough;
- Coughing or sneezing into your sleeve, not your hands;
- Cleaning your hands for 15 seconds with alcohol hand rinse or soap and water;
- Cleaning your hands after coughing or sneezing; and
- Staying home when sick.
For more information on the flu and for a full list of community flu clinics, visit peelregion.ca/flu or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Caledon residents can call toll free at 905-584-2216.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon.