Tuesday, November 12 The Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Flu season is here and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is offering several community clinics and urging residents to get the flu vaccine to protect themselves from getting the flu.

The flu, more properly known as seasonal influenza, is a common contagious infection. The flu affects the nose, throat, and lungs and is spread through droplets that have been coughed or sneezed by someone who has the flu.

Flu symptoms include a sudden fever or feeling feverish as well as a cough and/or a sore throat. It is common to also have a runny or stuffy nose, head- or body-aches, and chills.  You may feel more tired than usual and have a lower appetite. Some people (mostly children) also have nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Persons who live, work or attend school in Ottawa can get their flu vaccine at their health care providers’ office, family doctor, participating pharmacies and community clinics.

It is recommended that you contact participating pharmacies to ensure hours of service.

In addition to getting your flu vaccine, you can help stop the spread of the flu, and protect yourself & your family by following a few easy steps:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm, not your hand.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Do not visit hospitalized patients or residents of retirement homes or long-term care homes if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.