Eastern Ontario Health Unit hosting three free flu clinics in Cornwall

October 02, 2012

Starting on October 16, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) will begin holding free seasonal flu immunization clinics throughout the five Eastern Counties. Three clinics have been scheduled in the City of Cornwall:

  • Wednesday, October 17th (2 pm to 8 pm) - Cornwall Civic Complex, 100 Water Street East
  • Saturday, November 3rd (9 am to 3 pm) - General Vanier Secondary School, 1500 Cumberland Street
  • Thursday, November 15th (4 pm to 8 pm) - General Vanier Secondary School, 1500 Cumberland Street

Seasonal flu is different from the common cold. According to Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health, the flu can cause serious illness and even death for some people.

“The best protection against the flu is to get the seasonal flu shot. It’s free, safe and available for everyone aged 6 months and older,” said Dr. Roumeliotis.

Certain groups of people are at higher risk of complications from the flu, and are strongly encouraged to get the flu shot. These include:

  • children 6 months to less than 5 years of age
  • people aged 65 and older
  • people with chronic medical conditions
  • people who are obese
  • Aboriginal people

The flu shot is also recommended for people who live with or provide care to someone who is in one of these groups. This simple step could help protect you and those around you.

The EOHU reminds residents to bring a piece of identification to the immunization clinics. For more information about the flu shot clinics, call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.
 

 

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