Toronto - Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Toronto Public Health, is urging Toronto residents to get their free flu shot at clinics beginning tomorrow.
“It’s important that all Toronto residents get vaccinated and help us beat the flu,” said Dr. Yaffe. “Very young children, the elderly, and people with underlying medical conditions can become seriously ill from flu-related complications. When you get the flu shot, you are not just protecting yourself - you are also protecting your loved ones.”
Parents are encouraged to have their children vaccinated, as the flu is spread most easily among children between the ages of five and nine. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is also recommending the vaccine for all pregnant women.
In addition to getting the flu shot, Dr. Yaffe is encouraging people to reduce the spread of germs by keeping their hands clean, covering their cough and, when they do not have a tissue, to “Do the Sleeve Sneeze.” Techniques about the “Sleeve Sneeze” and a video produced by a group of doctors are available at http://www.coughsafe.com/
Toronto Public Health is operating 62 flu vaccination clinics across the city between October 30 and mid-January. These clinics are part of the Ontario government’s universal influenza vaccination program, making the flu shot available to every resident of Ontario over the age of six months. Last year, Toronto Public Health vaccinated approximately 40,000 Toronto residents.
Note: Dr. Yaffe will be available on-site at the Eaton Centre clinic for media interviews tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30 between noon and 1 p.m. The clinic is located on Albert’s Way within the mall.
For the full flu vaccination clinic schedule or more information, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/health