Providers ramp up flu shots to avoid double pandemic

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"In the past, we scheduled indoor flu shot clinics in several communities and they were often crowded spaces", said Cindy Shaughnessy, RN, PHN, Le Sueur County Public Health Director.

To that end, hospital chains and public health systems are working to get as many people vaccinated as possible.

Leading by example, Mayor John Tory, the City's Medical Officer of Health, Doctor Eileen de Villa, and Board of Health Chair Joe Cressy, are all rolling up their sleeves to get their flu shot on Thursday morning. Getting vaccinated will also help reduce the spread of influenza in our communities and help reduce the impact on the health-care system in the event of a potential surge of COVID-19 cases. "This is particularly important during this year's COVID-19 pandemic".

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The CDC website also says that there are multiple reasons why someone might still get the flu after getting the flu shot, but it is not from the flu vaccine itself.

During the 2019-2020 season, approximately 157,970 people received the flu shots through the province's publicy-funded vaccination program.

The vaccine is available through public health clinics across the province, some physician and nurse practitioner offices and in local pharmacies. She said, "I think it's great because I tried to go through our health plan and that's over a month out, and we wanted to get it sooner. We ordered 700,000 more shots this year from last year but the shipments come in on set schedules from global manufacturers", she told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. "We heard about the opportunity and we're excited to be able to do that". Contracting flu virus and COVID-19 concurrently increases the risk of serious health complications.

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The flu vaccine is free for people six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario.

The health unit, which covers Oxford and Elgin counties says the move is created to avoid what they call a "twindemic" that could see the health care system overwhelmed by a combination of flu patients and COVID-19 patients.

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