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TBDHU launch of the season’s first flu clinic

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ----   October 20, 2014 ------ Today, at the launch of the season’s first flu clinic, the Health Unit is reminding the public to inFLUence others to get the flu Thunder Bay District Health Unitshot to protect you, your family and the ones you care for from the virus. At the high-risk clinic held at the Italian Cultural Centre, Dr. Williams, medical officer of health for the District, reminded the crowd that getting the flu shot early in the season will boost the body’s natural immunity to fight the flu and is one way to keep a step ahead of the virus that causes illness and death each year.

“The flu is a serious respiratory illness that can lead to pneumonia. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza, so get the flu shot. Get it early. Encourage those around you to get it too,” says Williams. “It can take up to 2 weeks to build up immunity against the virus. The earlier a person receives their flu shot, the sooner their body can make the antibodies to fight off the flu and prevent spreading it to others.”

There will be a flu Clinic in Victoriaville Centre on Thursday October 23rd 10 to 3 p.m.

People who are at greater risk of serious illness from flu-related complications are encouraged to attend. The high-risk individuals include:
•    People with weakened immune systems due to chronic illness or medical treatment
•    Pregnant women
•    Young children under the age of 5
•    Older adults over the age of 65

Other priority groups for the flu shot are those who take care of people in these groups, including health care providers, teachers, home care workers, day care providers and family members who have an infant in the home who is under 6 months and cannot be immunized themselves.

The Health Unit will be offering 24 additional clinics over the next 5 weeks with locations in Thunder Bay, the surrounding rural communities, and in Greenstone, Nipigon, Red Rock, Terrace Bay, Schreiber, Marathon and Manitouwadge. The flu shot is also available from family doctors, health clinics, health centres, nurse practitioners, and it may be available at some neighbourhood retailers, pharmacies and workplaces.

“The flu shot is safe, effective, and now it’s more convenient than ever to get one. Make it a part of a healthy lifestyle,” Williams adds.
 
For more information about the flu or for a flu schedule, visit ThunderBayFlu.ca, or call the flu line at 624-9082 and toll-free at 1-866-607-3337.



2014 FREE Community Flu Clinic Schedule - Thunder Bay

 

*Flu clinics targeting high priority populations.

Date Time Location
*Monday, October 20 1:00pm to 6:00pm Italian Cultural Centre
132 Algoma Street S.
*Tuesday, October 21 1:00pm to 6:00pm DaVinci Centre
340 Waterloo Street S.
Thursday, October 23 10:00am to 3:00pm Victoriaville Mall
600 Victoria Ave
Monday, October 27 1:00pm to 6:00pm Columbus Centre
301 May Street S.
Tuesday, October 28 1:00pm to 6:00pm West Thunder Community
Centre
915 Edward Street S.
Thursday, October 30 1:00pm to 6:00pm Current River Rec. Centre
450 Dewe Ave
Monday, November 3 1:00pm to 6:00pm Boys and Girls Club
270 Windsor Street
Tuesday, November 4 3:00pm to 6:00pm Neebing Municipal Office
HWY 61
Thursday, November 6 3:00pm to 6:00pm Kakabeka Falls Legion
HWY 11-17



Monday, November 10 10:00am to 3:00pm Confederation College:
Shuniah Building
Tuesday, November 11 5:00pm to 7:00pm Gorham and Ware School
2032 Kam Current Road
Thursday, November 13 10:00am to 3:00pm Lakehead University:
University Centre - Agora
Monday, November 17 3:00pm to 6:00pm North McIntyre Rec Centre
2051 Government Road
Tuesday, November 18 3:00pm to 6:00pm Castlegreen Community Centre
213 Castlegreen Drive
Thursday, November 20 3:00pm to 6:00pm McGregor Community Centre
800 Lakeshore Drive
Monday, November 24 3:00pm to 6:00pm Vickers Heights Community Centre
1695 Broadway Ave

 

Click here to download the Community Flu Clinic Schedule for Thunder Bay.

 


2014 FREE Community Flu Clinic Schedule - District Schedule

 

Date Time Location
Tuesday, October 28 6:00pm to 8:00pm Terrace Bay:
Mike King Hall
Wednesday, October 29 6:00pm to 8:00pm Schreiber:
Recreation Complex
Tuesday, November 4 6:00pm to 8:00pm ^Manitouwadge:
Community Centre Auditorium
Thursday, November 6 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Marathon:
Marathon High School

Monday, November 10 6:00pm to 8:00pm Geraldton:
Complex
Wednesday, November 12 6:00pm to 8:00pm Longlac:
Sportsplex
Thursday, November 13 2:00pm to 3:00pm Nakina:
Nakina Clinic
Tuesday, November 18 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Nipigon:
St. Edwards School

Thursday, November 19 6:00pm to 8:00pm Red Rock:
Red Rock Public School

 

^Venue changed: As of October 7, 2014 the flu clinic venue for Manitouwadge has been changed from Manitouwadge High School to Manitouwadge Community Centre Auditorium

Click here to download the Community Flu Clinic Schedule for the District.

 


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