No shortage of flu shots according to NWHU
Tim Brody - Editor
The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is assuring the public that there is no shortage of influenza vaccine.
According to the NWHU, a large number of people have been getting the flu shot so far this year.
“We are pleased to see high public uptake of influenza vaccine, it will help to prevent the spread of influenza,” commented Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health at NWHU, in a NWHU news release. “To stay healthy, I strongly encourage everyone in the region to get a flu shot and continue to practise personal preventive measures,” Dr. Young Hoon urged.
The NWHU will be adding additional flu shot appointments to their clinics as they receive vaccine from the Ministry of Health throughout the fall. NWHU advised, “Pharmacies are also experiencing high public interest in flu shots and are using most of their supply in a short time, as they receive additional vaccine every week.”
“Some of the public may be aware of a “high dose” influenza vaccine, which is available to people over 65. Between the high dose and the standard dose, one is not preferred or recommended over the other. The high dose vaccine may not be available in sufficient quantities for all people over 65 years old, but the standard dose is available. The most important thing is that you get a flu shot - either type will protect you,” NWHU further informed.
To get a flu shot this year, people can:
• Book a shot with NWHU at www.nwhu.on.ca or 1-866-468-2240
• Contact your health care provider (especially if you already have an appointment)
• At a local pharmacy