KFL&A Public Health and Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit have issued a strong recommendation for flu vaccinations following the detection of influenza in the area.
The health units emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu, especially for individuals under the age of five.
The flu, beyond its common cold-like symptoms, poses a significant risk of absenteeism at schools, workplaces and social gatherings. Children under five years old are at an underestimated higher risk of severe consequences, making it crucial for parents to prioritize their vaccination before the upcoming holiday season.
Dr. Linna Li, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, stated, “We’ve observed the flu circulating in the LGL region. The flu vaccine is advised for everyone aged six months and above, with particular emphasis on children under five.”
Vaccinations require approximately two weeks to become effective, underscoring the importance of acting now. As the flu season progresses, the risk of infection is anticipated to peak by late December and early January.
Additionally, high-risk individuals are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 XBB vaccine if at least three months (84 days) have passed since their last COVID-19 vaccination. Others, aged six months and above, not falling into the high-risk category, are urged to get a COVID-19 XBB vaccine if at least six months (168 days) have passed since their last shot.
Vaccine clinics offering both flu and COVID-19 vaccines are available at participating healthcare providers and pharmacies. A comprehensive list of pharmacies providing these vaccines can be found online at ontario.ca/vaccine-locations. For more details, individuals can visit www.healthunit.org or kflaph.ca/vaccine.