Health and Wellness, Parenting

The Flu Shot Fix

To get the flu shot or to not get the flu shot, that is the question. At this time of year, with coughs, colds and sniffles spreading like wildfire around the city, it’s important to decide whether you and your family will get the flu shot.

Check out this short blog post from City Parent that presents a few reasons why Dr. Trey Coffey, a doctor at SickKids Hospital and mother of two, recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all children six months and older.

If you are considering getting the flu shot, I have some good news. It’s easier than ever to get a flu shot in Toronto; simply visit your local drug store (try Shoppers Drug Mart and/or Rexall Pharmaplus) or a Flu Clinic with a valid Ontario Health Card and the shot can be administered on site! It’s easy and free; it only took me 15 minutes to get vaccinated.

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Photo Credit: Student Nursing; CC Image courtesy of Queen’s University on Flickr.

Regardless of whether you choose to get the flu shot this season, here a few tips for reducing your risk of infection, courtesy of Toronto Public Health.

  • Don’t have a tissue? Do the sleeve sneeze! By sneezing into your sleeve instead of your hand, you can help reduce the spread of the flu virus
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • If you’re feeling sick, stay home! This one can be a challenge for any busy person, especially students, but it is important to give yourself time to heal and prevent your illness from spreading

Wishing you a healthy and flu-free November!

Emma Helfand-Green

Emma is in her second year of the Master of Public Policy program. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, studying psychology and political science. When she is not blogging for the Family Care Office, you might find Emma volunteering at the Hart House theatre, working hard (or hardly working) at the Robarts Library, or spending quality time with her cat, Goose.

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