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Flu clinics start this month

The Hastings and Prince Edward Counties health unit begins its annual free flu vaccine campaign clinics this month throughout the area – with Picton’s set for  Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 at the Salvation Army Citadel Hall.
The vaccine is free of charge and available to people six months of age and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario.
Flu immunizations will also be available through other health care providers, and some workplaces.
“The flu is a serious illness that can lead to pneumonia,” says Dr. Richard Schabas, medical officer of health. “The flu shot is the most effective way for people to protect themselves and their families.”
No appointments are required to receive the shot at health unit
clinics.
Health Unit Facts about the Flu and Flu Vaccine
* Each year the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three flu virus strains most likely to be circulating in the upcoming flu season.

* This year the three strains contained in the vaccine are:
A/California/7/2009, A/Perth/16/2009 and B/Brisbane/60/2008.

* It is not possible to get the flu from the flu shot because the
particles of the virus are inactive.

* Studies have found that the flu shot can prevent up to 90 per cent of influenza in healthy adults and children.

* The flu shot is especially important for: people with weakened
immune systems; pregnant women; young children; the elderly and anyone who takes care of people in these groups.

Health Unit Influenza Immunization Community Clinics 2011
Trenton: Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Stella Crescent, Monday, Oct 17, 1 – 7 p.m.
Belleville: Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 100 College Street West, Wednesday, Oct 19, 1 – 7 p.m.
Belleville: Holy Rosary Parish, 169 North Park Street, Friday, Oct 21 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Picton: Salvation Army, Corner of Queen and Elizabeth Streets, Monday, Oct 24, 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Bancroft: St. John’s Anglican Church, Flint Street, Wednesday, Oct 26, 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Belleville: Holy Rosary Parish, 169 North Park Street, Friday, Oct 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Trenton: Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Stella Crescent, Tuesday, Nov 1, 1 – 7 p.m.
Frankford: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 60 North Trent Street, Friday, Nov 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Picton: Salvation Army, Corner of Queen and Elizabeth Streets, Monday, Nov 7 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Stirling: St. Paul Church, 104 Church Street, Wednesday, Nov 9, 1 – 7 p.m.
Belleville: Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 100 College Street West, Monday, Nov 14, 1 – 7 p.m.
Marmora: Marmora Town Hall, 12 Bursthall Street, Friday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wellington: Wellington United Church, 245 Wellington Main, Monday, Nov 21, 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Belleville: Thurlow Community Centre, 516 Harmony Road, Wednesday, Nov 23, 1 – 7 p.m.
Madoc: Trinity United Church, 76 St. Lawrence Street East, Wednesday, Nov 30, 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Trenton: Health Unit, 499 Dundas West,     Monday, Dec 5,     10 a.m, – 3 p.m.

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