Because not everyone can protect themselves, do your part to protect others by getting a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine.
Lambton Public Health, along with local pharmacies, health-care providers, and community clinic hosts, is increasing access to the free flu vaccine, which is now available to the public from various access points across Lambton County.
—Fiddick’s Nursing Home (Petrolia): Oct. 26; 9 a.m.-12 noon, and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
—Lambton Public Health (Point Edward): Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 7 from 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
—Lambton College (Sarnia): Nov. 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
—Rutherford Fire Hall: Nov. 14 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
—The Inn of the Good Shepherd (Sarnia): Nov. 21 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
—By appointment at Central Lambton Family Health Team, Petrolia. Call 519-882-2500.
—31 Lambton pharmacies (pharmacists can’t give flu vaccine to anyone under 5 years old)
—Health-care providers (contact your doctor or nurse practitioner)
Visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca for a list of clinics and dates, and participating pharmacies.
“We do everything we can to protect ourselves and our family, but you can’t always protect them from the germs others carry,” said Erin Courtney, supervisor with Lambton Public Health. “The best defense is a flu shot. It’s the safest way to prevent the spread of the flu and the best way to protect loved ones.”
After getting the flu shot, it takes about two weeks for full protection to kick in. Protection lasts 4-6 months.
Last year in Lambton County, there were seven confirmed flu-related deaths and 90 lab-confirmed cases of influenza. One case of influenza has already been confirmed this flu season in Lambton. Flu season normally runs November to April.
Influenza is one of the most communicable diseases. It spreads easily through coughing, sneezing, or touching infected surfaces. The illness lasts 2-7 days; sometimes longer in the elderly and those with health problems.
Among those at high risk of influenza-related complications are:
- Adults 65 years of age or older
- Infants and children six months to under 5 years of age
- Individuals with a chronic health condition
- Pregnant women
- Residents in a long-term care home or other chronic care facility
- Indigenous peoples
Individuals capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk:
- Health-care workers
- Household contacts of those at high risk
- Individuals in contact with children less than five years of age
For information about the flu, prevention, and where to access the free flu shot vaccine, visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca, or call Lambton Public Health’s Flu Info Line at (519) 383-3812 or toll-free 1-800-667-1839 ext. 3812.