November 02, 2017
Public Health offers kids-only clinics and online appointments this flu season
Free vaccination clinics start on Thursday, November 9 in Woodstock
Oxford County Public Health is taking a new approach to flu clinics this year by introducing kids-only clinics for children between the ages of six months and 17 years, and their guardians.
Most adults get their annual flu shot from a local pharmacy or health care provider, but pharmacists are unable to immunize children under the age of five. To ease the demand on family health care providers, Public Health is offering kids-only clinics at various locations throughout Oxford County, including Woodstock, Tillsonburg, Tavistock and Ingersoll.
Oxford County is also offering a clinic for adults on Monday, November 13 at Woodingford Lodge in Woodstock. The complete flu clinic schedule is available online at oxfordcounty.ca/flu, or search for a flu shot provider near you at ontario.ca/flu.
The flu, which is also known as influenza, is a serious respiratory illness that spreads easily from person-to-person and cannot be treated with antibiotics. In Ontario, the flu season runs from late fall to early spring and sees between 10-20 per cent of the population falling ill each year. Symptoms of the flu can last anywhere from two to 10 days, and in some cases can lead to pneumonia and even death.
Young children, especially those under the age of five, have a higher risk of serious illness from the flu. That’s why all children, six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine every year unless there is a medical reason not to.
Also, new this year, Oxford County Public Health is asking everyone who visits a community flu clinic to book an appointment in advance. Online booking is available for all clinics and allows you to choose a convenient date, time and location in advance. Simply visit oxfordcounty.ca/flu to make an appointment, or call 519-539-9800 ext. 3848.
For more information about the flu and a complete listing of Public Health flu clinics visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/flu or call 211.
- Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that causes fever, severe muscle and joint pain, coughing, and fatigue. Children may also experience earaches or stomach problems.
- The flu is not a cold. A cold is a mild infection of the upper respiratory passages caused by a rhinovirus, which is different from an influenza virus.
- The flu strain that circulates can change from year to year, and experts change the vaccine each year in response. That’s why it’s important to get vaccinated every flu season.
- Children and youth between the ages of two and 17 years can get the flu vaccine as an injection or nasal spray.
- Getting the flu vaccine does not cause the flu. The viruses in theflu vaccineare either killed or weakened andcannot cause the flu.
- For more information visit www.ontario.ca/flu.
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Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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