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Influenza arrives in Perth County

Over the past weeks, the flu has been circulating in Ontario and has been confirmed in neighbouring counties.

The number of lab-confirmed cases in Perth County is currently less than five.

“Many people who are sick do not see a doctor or get tested,” says Lorna Askes, public health nurse. “Therefore, we can assume that there are more cases in Perth County than have been confirmed and we expect to see more in the coming weeks.”

Flu season in Canada usually runs from November to April.

Flu shot clinics have started in Perth County and will finish Dec. 1.

Some upcoming clinic dates include Monday, Nov. 12, 2-8 p.m. at the Rotary Complex and Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2-8pm, at the Pyramid Centre in St. Marys.

For a complete schedule of flu shot clinics, visit www.pdhu.on.ca.

The flu shot is also available through physicians, family health teams, and some pharmacists.

Health care workers urged to get flu shot

This year the Perth District Health Unit is especially urging healthcare workers in long-term care homes and hospitals to get the flu shot.

The Health Unit collects the influenza immunization rates of institutions yearly and, for the first time, it will be releasing the rates publicly.

By releasing the flu shot rates for long-term care homes and hospitals, the Health Unit hopes to lend extra encouragement to these institutions to achieve 100 per cent influenza immunization coverage rates.

“When healthcare workers protect themselves against influenza they are protecting their vulnerable residents and patients who can become seriously ill, and even die, from the flu,” says Askes.

For more information call Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext 267 or visit www.pdhu.on.ca.

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