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Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

February 02, 2018

It’s not too late to get your flu shot at your local clinic!

This winter, the influenza (flu) virus is more widespread in Eeyou Istchee than usual. The symptoms of flu virus are also more severe. This means it's more important than ever to get vaccinated.

The flu vaccine is safe and effective in protecting you against flu infection. It's possible to still catch the flu virus, but if you do, your symptoms will be less severe if you're vaccinated.

The people most at risk for developing complications from flu are: babies, Elders, pregnant women, and people with chronic conditions like diabetes or asthma.

Getting vaccinated doesn't take long and it's safe. You will protect yourself and your loved ones, especially those at risk.

To prevent catching the flu and other illnesses, it’s important to regularly wash your hands with warm water and soap. In public places, you can also clean your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer.

A number of common flu symptoms include: cough, fever, chills, body aches (including muscle pain and joint pain), extreme fatigue. Babies with flu can have uncommon symptoms, like vomiting.

If you’re sick with flu-like symptoms, don’t go to work or school until you’re healthy again, and try to avoid contact with other people.