Flu Shot Campaign Launches

Flu Shot Campaign Launches

Quebec City (Quebec) November 1, 2014 – Don’t confuse it with the sniffles or the common cold, warn health experts; the flu is a disease with serious health repercussions.  This morning saw the launch of this year’s flu vaccination campaign, in which health officials and the region’s four health and social service centers (CSSS) are uniting their forces to inoculate 150 000 people in the region against the influenza virus.  Within the first hour of the campaign’s start, over 300 people had already received their vaccines – a promising start to the 2014-2015 flu season campaign.

Seniors over 60, expecting mothers, infants between 6 months and 2 years of age, and those in long-term healthcare are particularly at risk.  Health officials provide people in these groups free inoculations in an effort to encourage participation.  The influenza virus is known for its many strains and constant mutations, so annual inoculation remains the best way to protect all people, regardless of health, from the disease.

The Canadian Public Health Agency reports that last year, over 5000 Canadians (including over 1000 children) were hospitalized with the disease, and over 300 people died from the virus.

Information on where and when to receive your flu shot is available on the Portail du réseau de santé et des services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale.

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