Residents line up in Wilmot in advance of flu season

Registered Waterloo Region Public Health nurse Marsha Koehler (right) gives a very cooperative patient, Amarjeet Dhaliwal (left), her annual flu shot at the Wilmot Recreation Complex on Wednesday. Courtney Duczman, For the Independent

 Residents of Wilmot Township came out to the Wilmot Recreation Complex to get their flu shots Wednesday. Clinics have been set up since Oct. 31, and will continue across the region until January 12. All clinics run from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Dale Russell, a registered nurse for Public Health,  believes the flu shot is really worth the while. It not only protects you and your community from the disease, but also ” the people you love” who are not eligible to get the shot.  She also believes that getting the flu shot has many great benefits.

Although the shot is a great way of preventing the disease, Dale also explains that most people will experience flu-like symptoms, such as body aches or slight fever, anywhere up to 10 days after receiving the shot. She assures that it is nothing to worry about and it is completely normal to get these symptoms and that you are not sick. This simply means the vaccine is working.

The flu shot is free to all residents of Ontario for anyone over the age of 6 months. Don’t wait until its too late, visit your family doctor or attend one of the two upcoming clinics;

Jan. 10- Public Health, 99 Regina Street S., Waterloo, Room 508

Jan. 12- Public Health, 150 Main Street S., Cambridge, Room 170

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