October: Influenza Immunization Awareness Month
October is Influenza Immunization Awareness Month. Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a wide range of influenza viruses that spread rapidly from person to person. Healthy adults can actually shed the virus and spread it to other people before any symptoms occur.
According to Immunize Canada, it is estimated that in a given year up to 20,000 hospitalizations related to influenza may occur and approximately 4,000 Canadians die annually from influenza and its complications.
In Canada, flu season usually runs from November to April, so now is a good time to find out when and where you can get your annual flu shot. Many pharmacies as well as local flu clinics offer the vaccinations. In order to minimize time away from the office, many employers are now offering flu clinics at the work site. This is yet another way to show employees that employers do care for their health and well-being.
All vaccines authorized for use in Canada are carefully tested for safety. We recommend you protect yourself and those around you. For more information regarding on-site flu clinics, please contact Susan Novo, Manager of Health and Disability.