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Dr. David Williams says to get a flu shot. Why not? It's free!
A senior Ontario health professional says that this year's flu vaccine seems to have reached its goal.
Dr. David Williams says the vaccine has been carefully designed to protect against four existing strains of influenza based on recommendations from the World Health Organization. And Dr. Williams says that when we get closer to the peak flu season, the vaccine looks good.
Dr. Williams says that at this time of the year, so many of us travel, go shopping or go to parties, the risk of getting infected with the flu is high, and a flu shot will help you avoid serious illness and the spread of flu among others.
Dr. Williams says that this can lead to healthy adults getting sick for several weeks. This can be much worse for high-risk groups.
You can get a flu shot from your health care provider, your local public health office, and most pharmacies for free.
He says that it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so he suggests getting it as soon as possible.
He told us that this is the time of year when you are most likely to get sick.
Dr. Williams says that if you do not cover your mouth when you sneeze, you can infect everyone in the vicinity.
Dr. Williams says that for those who are worried about getting the flu or who have other negative reactions due to the flu vaccine, it’s not necessary. He says that a flu shot will not make you sick, it will prevent it.