Central Health wishes to advise the public its Seasonal Influenza Immunization (Flu Shot) schedule has been finalized. Clinics throughout Central Newfoundland are set to begin in October and run until the end of March 2020. This free vaccine is offered to those who are six months and older.
Those interested in being immunized are asked to contact their public health office or visit www.centralhealth.nl.ca/getaflushot for the closest available clinic.
To protect yourself and others from the flu:
Clean your hands frequently and keep surfaces clean - Twenty seconds of handwashing with warm water and soap helps remove bacteria and viruses. Remember to wash your hands before and after eating, after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after touching surfaces that may have been contaminated by other people. Doorknobs, light switches, telephones, keyboards and other surfaces can become contaminated with all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of these surfaces can help.
Cover your coughs and sneezes - Use a tissue or raise your arm to your face and cough or sneeze into your arm. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands immediately.
Contain your illness by staying home and resting - If you go out you may spread your illness to other people. It may take you longer to get better if you are not well rested.
Choose to be vaccinated - Get the annual influenza vaccine (flu shot).
To learn more about the flu, please visit:
Gayle St. Croix, Director of Communications and Government Relations
cell: (709) 572 1165