Influenza has arrived in Huron-Perth

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The influenza or flu virus has been confirmed in Huron-Perth according to the Huron-Perth Public Health.

In a release on November 20th, HPPH says while there are currently fewer than 5 lab confirmed influenza cases in the region, many who become infected don’t become sick enough to be hospitalized and tested. That means the lab confirmed cases may represent only a small number of people who potentially have the virus right now. To protect against the flu, you can take the following precautions:

-Get the influenza vaccine (flu shot)
-Wash hands with soap thoroughly and often
-Cough or sneeze into your sleeve
-Keep surfaces and items disinfected
-Stay home if you are sick
-Continue to practice COVID-19 precautions

It typically takes around 2 weeks after getting immunized for the vaccine to be effective.

Flu shots are available through:
-Family doctor’s offices and nurse practitioners – ages 6 months and over
-Pharmacies if you’re 5 years of age and older
-Also check hpph.ca/flu for any updates on clinics in the community

“The vaccine is your best defense against influenza,” says Lorna Askes, Public Health Nurse. “Preventing the flu can keep you and your family healthy, and can help reduce stress on our health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic.”