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Increase in flu activity prompts need for more clinics

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jan 03, 2014 - 4:17 PM |
Due to an increase in flue activity the past two weeks, the Sudbury and District Health Unit will open two flu clinics to help people get vaccinated.

“Everyone is at risk of getting the flu,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Sudbury and District medical officer of health, in a release. “However, children, seniors and other vulnerable individuals who get the flu are at higher risk of experiencing serious complications including bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinus and ear infections.”

The first clinic will be at the Southridge Mall on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 3-7 p.m.
The second clinic will be at the New Sudbury Shopping Centre on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m.

Influenza symptoms may include fever, runny eyes, headache, sore throat, extreme weakness, chills, cough, stuffy nose, muscle aches and fatigue.

“The best defence against the flu is to get plenty of rest, lots of fluids, and minimal contact with other people,” said Sutcliffe. “If your symptoms worsen, visit your doctor or a community clinic, or emergency department if they are severe.”

Free flu shots are also available by appointment or dropping in at the health unit's main office, located at 1300 Paris, or by visiting participating walk-in clinics, community health centres, pharmacies or your health care provider.

To find the nearest clinic that provides the flu shot visit www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/publichealth/flu/.

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