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There’s still time to get your flu shot!
According to a statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the best time for Canadians to get a flu shot is either in October or November. So, even though it’s November, it’s not too late to get your immunization if you haven’t already.
You can get your flu shot from many sources – regional flu clinics(wrapping up November 21), your primary health-care provider, your public health nurse or many local pharmacies. It’s impossible to predict when flu season will begin, so it’s best to protect yourself earlier in the season.

Wendy Fontaine, public health nurse and immunization coordinator for Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, says it’s also important to get flu shots early in the season because it takes some time for the vaccine to work.
“It takes approximately two weeks for your body to establish an immune response to the vaccine and make it effective against the flu,” says Fontaine. “So the sooner you get it, the more protected you will be in the long-run as the flu season peaks.”

And getting vaccinated isn’t just about protecting yourself from the flu, it’s also an important step for preventing the spread of flu to family and friends. The flu might not be a severe health risk to everyone but vulnerable groups such as babies, young children, seniors, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems are particularly at risk.
Flu clinics are taking place throughout the Interlake-Eastern region until November 21. To find a clinic near you, visit www.ierha.ca under Care in Your Community / Public Health / Immunization /2019 Flu Clinics – Public.  Otherwise you can get the flu shot by making an appointment with your primary health-care provider, public health nurse or your local pharmacy (call ahead to confirm availability). Click here for a list of community health offices near you !

Amanda
Amanda Preachuk, St Andrews resident, getting her flu shot from public health nurse, Patty Ladouceur at the St Andrews Flu Clinic on November 12.

Karys
The second is Amanda’s daughter, Karys Preachuk, St Andrews resident, getting her flu shot from public health nurse, Patty Ladouceur at the St Andrews Flu Clinic on November 12.
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