Fall is flu shot time, and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health is reminding residents that it is important to get your flu shot to protect vulnerable people such as the elderly and those who are too young to be immunized.
In a media release dated Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, Public Health recommended that all KFL&A area residents, not just the young and the elderly, get immunized as soon as the vaccine becomes available.
“Getting immunized against influenza early offers the greatest protection. Waiting to be immunized until influenza is in our community is too late,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health for KFL&A Public Health. “Everyone who is six months of age and older is eligible for annual influenza immunization. It is especially important that those at high risk for influenza-related complications such as those with chronic diseases or those who live or work with people who are at high risk for complications, hospitalizations or death, receive influenza vaccine.”
Influenza season usually starts in December and peaks during January or February. As it takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies that protect against influenza, it is best to get vaccinated well before the virus begins circulating in the community, according to the release.
“People cannot get influenza from influenza vaccine,” Public Health stated. “Most people have no reaction at all to influenza vaccine, and almost all of those who do have only minor side effects, such as a sore arm or mild fever.”
In the KFL&A region, there are many ways to get your flu shot. Influenza immunizations are available to residents six months of age and older at the following locations: