Get the Flu Shot, not the Flu!

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Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017


Commonly referred to as “the flu”, influenza virus is an easily transmitted, respiratory illness. Symptoms of influenza include: fever, headaches and chills, muscle aches, sneezing and coughing. People with the flu may experience influenza symptoms for up to 10 days. Influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times result in hospitalization or death.

Influenza virus is spread directly from person-to-person, through the air in droplets generated by coughing and sneezing, or indirectly by touching objects (doorknobs, light switches, phones, etc) that have been contaminated by an infected person.

In addition to being diligent with hand-washing, the most effective way to protect yourself against the flu is to get an annual flu shot. The vaccine will NOT give you the flu as it does not contain live flu virus, and therefore does not cause infection.

ach year, Garrison Petawawa organizes a flu campaign to promote a healthy environment and to keep our military protected against influenza. The Canadian Forces Surgeon General strongly recommends that all members receive the flu vaccine. To accommodate this, Garrison Petawawa offers numerous flu-clinics to members who choose to be immunized.

This year, Walk-in Flu Clinics will begin Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 and will run every Wednesday from 0830 - 1100hrs, until December 13, 2017. These clinics will be held at the 2 Fd Amb Medical Clinic, Immunization Office, Bldg N-109, Rm 1090.

While Flu Clinics are for military personnel only, civilian employees of DND and civilian family members can access flu clinics offered through the Renfrew County & District Health Unit, by calling 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097. Many civilian pharmacies also offer vaccination – contact individual pharmacies to find out if they provide this service.

For more information on influenza and the influenza vaccine, visit the Government of Canada’s Public Health website at: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/flu-influenza.html