Ontario’s top medical health official says this year’s flu vaccine looks like it’s hitting the mark.
Dr. David Williams says the vaccine was carefully formulated to protect against four current flu strains based on recommendations from the World Health Organization. And Dr. Williams says as we head into peak flu season, the vaccine looks good.
Dr. Williams says with so many of us travelling, shopping or going to parties this time of year, the risk of being exposed to the flu is high and the flu shot can help you avoid getting seriously ill and spreading the flu to others.
Dr. Williams says it can make healthy adults seriously ill for weeks. It can be far worse for high-risk groups.
You can get your flu shot from your health care provider, the local public health unit and most pharmacies for free.
He says it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so he suggests getting it as soon as possible.
He tell us this is the time of year you are most likely to get sick.
Dr. Williams says that if you don't cover your mouth when you sneeze, you could potentially infect everyone in the immediate vicinity.
Dr. Williams says for anyone worried about getting the flu or having other negative reactions due to getting the flu shot -- don't. He says the flu shot won't make you sick, it will prevent it.