Members of the Grey Bruce Health Unit board rolled up their sleeves recently for a couple shots – one by the health unit head and one by a camera.
The pictures are being used to promote the availability of the flue vaccine.
The health unit had its staff vaccine clinic in late October.
Brian Milne, the deputy-mayor of the Township of Southgate received his vaccine from Dr. Ian Arra, Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health, along with Chris Peabody, Mayor for the Municipality of Brockton.
The flu shot is now available from doctors, Family Heath Teams, and nurse practitioner offices as well as at participating pharmacies.
“In a normal year, the flu shot is critical in protecting many of the most vulnerable in Ontario, but in the face of a Pandemic as well, it is even more important to stay protected,” says Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra.
The flu shot takes two weeks to take effect. The flu season generally runs from late fall through early spring.
COVID-19 AND INFLUENZA
Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, the health unit said, and it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.
If you think you have COVID-19, you can get tested. The health unit is advising the public that if you have symptoms, you should stay home and self-isolate for 14 days or until you get your results.
If you don’t have COVID-19, you may have the flu or another respiratory illness.
COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as the flu vaccine, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has said.
Influenza symptoms typically appear one to four days after someone is exposed to the virus, but people are contagious even before they have symptoms, the media release said.
The illness usually runs its course in seven to 10 days, and the symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, runny eyes, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, extreme weakness and tiredness, and loss of appetite.
Diarrhea and vomiting are more common in children than adults, the health unit said, pointing out that the flu – a respiratory illness – isn’t related to other gastro (stomach) illnesses such as Norwalk Virus.