TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario's Doctors are reminding everyone that the flu shot is the best line of defence against the flu.
The flu shot is now available at doctor's offices and clinics around the province. Being immunized helps protect you from getting sick, and also helps to stop the spread of the virus to your loved ones or co-workers who may be vulnerable.
"The best protection against the flu is getting the flu shot," said Dr. Ved Tandan, President of the Ontario Medical Association. "The sooner you get it, the sooner you are protected."
It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of the flu. The flu is highly contagious and is spread when people come into contact with those who have the flu, or touch contaminated surfaces and then touch their mouths, eyes or noses.
"Every year thousands of patients in Ontario get sick with the flu, which can lead to serious illness, hospitalization or even death for those most vulnerable among us – seniors, children and people with chronic diseases," said Dr. Tandan. "Getting the flu shot is quick and easy. It is available at doctors' offices and clinics around the province."
Following a few basic guidelines such as coughing and sneezing into an elbow, using hand sanitizer, and washing hands frequently, especially before eating, will help prevent the spread of the flu. Also, do your best to stay home from work or from school if you do have the flu. These are important tips, but getting the flu shot is still the best defence; getting the flu shot builds herd immunity, and thereby protects those around you.
The flu is more severe than a cold. It can cause fever, cough, aching muscles and joints, nausea, chills, sweats, and more debilitating symptoms than those caused by a cold.
For more information on the flu please visit www.OntariosDoctors.com/flu
SOURCE: Ontario Medical Association
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