Last week, KFL&A area residents began rolling-up their sleeves to prevent the spread of influenza. The annual campaign—a fixture in communities across the province for the past ten years—kicked off for KFL&A area residents Thursday at the Frontenac Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Through the end of the campaign in mid-January, residents will be able to be immunized at 1 of 16 clinics in locations around Kingston, Napanee, Inverary, Cloyne, Amherstview, and Ompah.
“Unlike last year’s pandemic H1N1 influenza clinics, there is no sequencing for higher risk residents,” said Cheryl Vigar, manager of Vaccine and Immunization. “Getting your influenza vaccine is safe, fast, and easy.”
Getting influenza vaccine is important for a number of reasons, including lowering the chances of getting sick from influenza and passing it on to family and friends, especially those at high risk of complications, hospitalization, and death.
“While many myths exist about immunization, influenza vaccine is the safest, longest-lasting and most effective way to protect yourself and your family and friends from the influenza virus”, said Dr. Ian Gemmill, Medical Officer of Health for KFL&A Public Health. “Most people have no reaction at all to their vaccine, and almost all of those who do have minor side effects, such as a sore arm or mild fever.”
The complete schedule of dates and locations is available on KFL&A Public Health’s website, www.kflapublichealth.ca, through FlyerMail, and in all local newspapers.
Special note for residents of the Cloyne-area
The Seasonal Influenza Immunization Clinic in Cloyne, at the North Addington Education Centre on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., will also include a special community immunization clinic for adults to ensure they are up-to-date on their tetanus and diphtheria immunizations and for children to ensure they are up-to-date on their FREE routine childhood immunizations.