Avoiding weeks of misery = flu shot
One the most frequently-read articles on my old MPP web site was always my annual post on getting the flu shot. Click or touch here to read it. I had never had the flu shot prior to being first elected in 2003. Over the years, I saw what a difference getting the flu shot makes. I get my own flu shot each autumn as soon as it is available. This year, the pharmacist at Rexall at Thomas Street and Winston Churchill administered my flu shot.
The annual winter surge in hospital admissions is almost completely driven by influenza cases. The peak time for the flu to lay waste to your health is from December to March. You can reduce your risk to almost zero with a free flu shot.
The flu shot works! But…
- You need to be healthy when you get your flu shot. As early in autumn as you can, and while you are healthy, get the flu shot;
- The flu shot requires some time, in most people a week or two, before your immune system benefits from it. Get your flu shot early;
- You need the flu shot each and every year. Getting the flu shot sporadically through a decade isn’t the powerful protection that an annual flu shot offers;
- Make sure each and every person in your household, especially children and seniors, get the flu shot.
Don’t put off the flu shot. Go into nearly any pharmacy, and ask for your flu shot. It is free. All you need is your OHIP card.