The flu has arrived in Simcoe Muskoka and has been spreading across Ontario.
While the number of cases is still low, it’s a sign that people should reinforce the ways to prevent catching and spreading the disease.
It’s a simple enough formula: wash your hands often; cover up when you cough or sneeze; stay home if you’re ill; and make sure everyone in the house has had their flu vaccine.
This year’s vaccine protects against the kinds of influenza likely to be circulating in the community. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective in the body, so the earlier you get it the better. And with 134 pharmacies, doctors’ offices and clinics offering the flu shot, there are many ways to ensure you are protected.
Each year, thousands of local residents are hit with the aches, fever and coughing of influenza. The flu may take at least a week to run its course and can wreak havoc on your daily life, and your family’s. Coughing and fatigue can linger for several weeks after that. And for many people, especially the elderly, infants and the frail, it can unfortunately be deadly.
For more information about influenza and the vaccine, visit www.simcoemuskokahealth.org, or call the health unit’s Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7250, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.