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Flu outbreak has health officials urging public to get the shot

Tuesday, January 08, 2013   by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
News Release

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Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health, is urging area residents to get their flu shot due to high levels of influenza activity throughout the area. Influenza A is the main circulating influenza virus, and this year’s flu vaccine is well matched to this strain.

During the past few weeks the Health Unit has seen an increase in reports of influenza, influenza-like illness and outbreaks in our district. The cases being reported are just the tip of the iceberg since not everyone who becomes ill seeks medical attention or gets tested for the flu. If you do become ill, there are things you can do to protect others especially young children, seniors and those with chronic diseases. To prevent the spread of illness:

 wash your hands often with soap and warm water
 cover your coughs and sneezes
 stay home when sick
 and get your flu shot.
Flu shots are available at the health unit, doctors’ offices, and participating pharmacies. To get your flu shot at the Health Unit, call 705-474-1400 ext. 2377
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“Flu season is peaking earlier than previous years. The flu shot remains the most effective way to combat influenza, and it’s a safe way to protect the health of your family.”
Dr. Jim Chirico
Medical Officer of Health

Quick Facts

 Influenza is a viral illness of the respiratory tract that is very contagious. It typically begins with the sudden onset of fever, and is often accompanied by chills, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle aches, weakness, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat and a general feeling of being unwell.

 Along with these common symptoms, children can also experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

 Children and seniors may not always have a fever with the flu.

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