Tuesday, October 22, 2013

BEWARE THE FLU SEASON IS COMMING


Kristine, the kids and my boss have all been battling a nasty head cold that is spreading like wildfire through out the city.
The cooler temperatures, the kids are back to school, Kristine is teaching in a school and the return to in-door extra-curricular activity have conspired to incubate the perfect conditions for passing this bug along.

Despite washing my hands and asking the kids to cover their coughs and sneezes, containing the bug once it infiltrates our house, seems impossible.

Despite a dose of Advil cold and sinus, I am feeling really congested this morning. I have to find some low sugar brand of orange juice to increase Vitamin C in my system.

As soon as this passes, I am going to get my shot of this year’s flu vaccine.

Vaccination programs for the 2013 flu season have begun in Newfoundland. Seasonal influenza vaccinations are available by appointment, primarily through family physicians’ offices; but are also available by appointment through your local Community Health office.  

It takes about two weeks for full protection from a flu shot to kick in, and it lasts for six months.

If you have any questions about whether the flu vaccine is appropriate for you, ask your doctor or a public health practitioner.

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