Flu Clinics Get Underway

Retired Medical Officer of Health Dr. Allen Heimann receiving his 2013 flu shot.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will hold seven flu vaccination clinics this year aimed at young children between the ages of six months and six years.

The first is Tuesday from 3pm-8pm at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit building on Ouellette Ave. in Windsor. The health unit has posted the dates and times for the other clinics on its webpage.

Even though the health unit is paying special attention to young children, public health advisor Wajid Ahmed says parents and siblings can also get a shot at those clinics. “If the kids are coming with their parents, we definitely want to make it easier for them and we will serve the whole family,” he says. “Because there are so many options out there, we want to target the ones that are more vulnerable.” The vaccination is also available at doctors’ offices, pharmacies and walk-in clinics.

Much like last year’s vaccination, this year’s shot targets the H3N2 strain. Even within those strains, Ahmed says there are small variations from year to year, so it’s important to get vaccinated even if you received your flu shot last year.