Protect yourself and your family; get the flu shot

MANITOULIN—It’s that time of year again, time to get your annul flu vaccine, the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.

“The flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations,” states a press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from the flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.”

According to the CDC only injectable flu shots are recommend this season (opposed to the nasal spray vaccine). The flu vaccines have also been updated this season to better match the viruses and there will be some new vaccines on the market this season. As well, the recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies has also changed.

“The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease,” the release continues. “In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take every day preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you’re sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.”

Flu clinics have already begun on Manitoulin, with lots of options across the Island to get immunized.

The Mindemoya Guardian Pharmacy, Little Current Guardian Pharmacy and Manitowaning Guardian Pharmacy are all offering walk in clinics during business hours. A short form must be filled prior to receiving the shot. The Mindemoya location is open Mondays to Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm and Sundays from 10 am until 2 pm. The Manitowaning pharmacy is offering flu shots Mondays to Fridays from 9 am to 7 pm, while the Little Current pharmacy is Mondays to Thursdays 9 am to 5:30 pm, Fridays from 9 am to 5:30 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Central Pharmacy in Gore Bay will offering flu shots by appointment throughout the month of November. Call 705-282-2409 to make an appointment.

The Edgewater RX PharmaChoice is waiting for authorization, but hopes to also offer flu shots in the future.

The Little Current Family Health Team is holding its next flu clinic on Monday, November 7 from 12:30 pm until 4 pm and from 5 pm until 7 pm.

The Assiginack Family Health Team will be hosting a clinic on Monday, November 7 from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The flu shot is also available during regular clinic hours.

The Manitoulin Central Family Health Team will be holding its next clinic on Thursday, November 3 from 1 to 4 pm and on Wednesday, November 9 from 1 to 4 pm.

The Gore Bay Medical Clinic will be offering a flu shot clinic on Friday, November 11 from 9 am to noon and 1:15 pm to 4 pm.

Mnaamodzawin Health Services will be hosting flu shot clinics on Wednesday, November 9 from 3 pm to 7 pm in Aundeck Omni Kaning; Sheguiandah at the health centre on Tuesday, November 8 from 2 pm to 6 pm; Zhiibaahaasing at the clinic on Wednesday, November 2 from 2 to 6 pm; and Whitefish River First Nation at the clinic on Monday, November 7 from 1 to 4 pm and Wednesday, November 9 from 1 to 7 pm.