October 2015 – Nelson House, Manitoba

Once again the flu season is upon us, so it’s that time of year when the public is encouraged to protect themselves, family and community by getting the seasonal flu shot.

The flu is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. It can spread easily from one person to another through coughing, sneezing or sharing food or drinks. It can also spread by touching objects such as doorknobs, phones, game controllers and toys. The virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours.

The more people that receive the flu shot, the better families and community will be protected from the flu.

Recognizing Symptoms

When infected, cough and fever comes on quickly, being tired, body aches, sore throat, headache, loss of appetite, runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may be common symptoms.

Contact your local nursing station right away if you are experiencing: shortness of breath, rapid or difficulty breathing , chest pain, sudden dizziness or confusion, severe vomiting or high fever lasting more than three days.

The flu shot is available at the Family and Community Wellness Centre from Monday – Friday with no appointment necessary. Evening clinics started October 5, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns please stop by or call the FCWC Public Health office at 204-484-2341.

NCN Citizens are encouraged to take part in keeping our community healthy by getting the flu shot, and not the flu. Everyone that receives a flu shot will be entered into a monthly draw for gift cards! Transportation is available to NCN Citizens by calling the office!

Priority for the Shot

Priority will be given to those most at risk including pregnant women 26 weeks and up, seniors, children, those with chronic illnesses (such as weakened immune system by medical treatment, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, asthma), health care providers, Aboriginal ancestry, and those who are severely obese.