York University is offering a flu shot clinic Nov. 21 and 28 in the Lower Bear Pit, Central Square on the Keele campus. The clinic hours are 10am to 6pm each day. The flu shot is free to those who have an OHIP or UHIP card. For all others, there is a $20 cash fee.
York’s Health Education & Promotion has the following tips for those getting a flu shot:
- Wear a short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with buttons; this will help access your arm.
- Ask for the shot in your non-dominant arm.
- Relax! It only takes a second and doesn’t really hurt.
Complications from the flu can be very serious. The flu shot can help reduce the risk of contracting this illness. There are many reasons why some people are unlikely to get a flu vaccination. A few people are severely allergic to eggs and shouldn’t get a flu shot. Others admit they’re afraid of needles. Still others believe some unfounded myths about the flu shot. These are some common myths and the real facts.
Myth 1- Getting a flu shot will give me the flu.
Fact: This is simply not true. The vaccine does not contain live virus. Many people confuse the flu with a cold or other respiratory infections, which the flu vaccine will not protect you against.
Myth 2 -I don’t need another flu shot. I got one last year.
Fact: A flu shot is needed every year. There are many strains of the flu virus with slightly different characteristics. The strains change, and each year a new vaccine is produced to provide protection.
Myth 3 -The flu is just a bad cold.
Fact: The flu is much worse than a cold. Cold symptoms and complications are much milder than that of the flu.
Myth 4 – I’m young and healthy. I don’t need a flu shot.
Fact: Even healthy people can become seriously ill. The flu can leave you ill for up to seven days, causing lost time from classes. Rather than fall behind in your course work, get a free flu shot.
Want to learn more? Speak to your doctor or nurse practitioner, or stop by the Flu Shot Clinic, hosted by York Lanes Health Centre in Central Square – Lower Bear Pit. Or visit www.healthyontario.com to learn more about the provincial immunization program.