Brantford, ON – The flu vaccine will be available to the public this week through pharmacies and doctors’ offices.
“The flu shot is the best protection against flu,” says Ruth Gratton, Manager, Infectious Diseases at the Brant County Health Unit. “Because it takes two weeks after the vaccine is given for the body to build up immunity, we recommend everyone gets the shot as early as possible.”
The flu can be spread by direct contact or through the air by coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms include runny nose, sore throat, high fever, headache, muscle aches, coughing, and fatigue.
With the flu virus now in the community, it is important for everyone to get the flu shot in order to help protect those who are more vulnerable.
“Pharmacies are a great option for people who want to get the flu shot,” says Gratton. “No appointment is necessary, and there are many convenient locations to choose from.”
To find a nearby location to get the free flu shot, please visit www.ontario.ca/flu, and visit the Health Unit’s website for more information about the flu shot.