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October 26, 2011
Toronto Public Health flu clinics begin tomorrow
  
Free flu shots will be available starting tomorrow at Toronto Public Health clinics across the city. A total of 46 clinics will operate at 16 locations between October 27 and mid-January.

"When you get the flu shot, you are not just protecting yourself - you are also protecting your loved ones, co-workers and the public," said Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto. "The viruses that cause the flu change frequently. Protection from last year's vaccine has likely worn off. You need to get another shot to be protected this year."

Everyone is at risk of getting the flu. Although most people who get the flu will not become seriously ill, high-risk people can become very ill with complications. People most at risk include children younger than two years of age; people 65 years of age and older; residents of long-term care homes or chronic-care facilities; people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, lung, heart or kidney disease; pregnant women; aboriginal peoples; and people who are obese. Complications can include pneumonia, ear infections, dehydration and, in rare cases, death.

In addition to promoting the flu shot, Toronto Public Health is encouraging people to reduce the risk of infection by taking these simple steps: wash your hands; cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve - not your hands; and stay home when you are sick.

For the full flu vaccination clinic schedule or more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/health or call 416-338-7600.

Media Availability/Photo Opportunity:
Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health, and Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale), Chair of the Board of Health, will be available at the Atrium on Bay clinic (main floor, street level, west end, by Red Lobster) for media interviews on Thursday, October 27 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Media Contact
Rishma Govani
Toronto Public Health
416-338-7974
rgovani@toronto.ca

 

 

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