It’s been a few years since getting a FLU Shot. I’ve never been a fan of having a virus poked into me but after checking with The Mayo Clinic I may change my mind. The province has made getting it very convenient. ACCESS Centres , the Doctors’ office , Pharmacies, Public Health Offices and Flu Shot Clinics provide them free. Officials expect more cases of the strain which caused problems in Australia to affect us here. Last year, influenza contributed to 12 deaths and 150 hospitalizations across Manitoba
IF you think getting the shot can give you the flu , the Mayo Clinic says NO. FLU-like symptoms may occur; muscle aches and fever, which may be side effects of the body’s production of anti-bodies .The MAYO adds that good hygiene is the primary defense .
Wash your hands often – Use an alcohol-based sanitizer -Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth whenever possible-Avoid crowds when the flu is most prevalent in your area – Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, drink plenty of fluids, eat a nutritious diet and manage your stress. Here’s the Manitoba Health Website for more information. http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/flu/index.html