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Nov.5, 2012

Simcoe, ON – ‘Be a hero to others and get your flu shot’.  That’s the message from Norfolk General Hospital, who is promoting flu vaccinations with a Superhero theme. “Not only are you protecting yourself, you’re protecting others around you when you choose to get a flu shot,” said Mark Jefferson, infection control director at NGH.

Free public flu vaccination clinics at Norfolk General Hospital will be offered on Monday, November 12 to Friday November 16, in the North South Conference room of the hospital on the main floor, Robinson Street entrance.  Clinic times are as followed:

•    Nov. 12-15          9-11am, 1-4pm, 6-8pm
•    Nov.16                 9-11am, 1-4pm


Influenza is a serious, acute respiratory illness that can affect anyone, including children, healthy adults, the elderly and the immuno-compromised. It can lead to serious complications, hospitalization and death.

The flu shot is proven to significantly reduce the risk of influenza infection in healthy adults and children. By getting vaccinated, you lower the chances that you will get sick and unknowingly pass influenza on to the people who depend on you: your children, your family, your friends and loved ones.

Your body can take up to two weeks to produce the antibodies that protect against influenza. As a result, it is recommended that you get vaccinated early to ensure that you are protected once influenza season is in full-swing.

Be a hero to others this flu season and get vaccinated! For more information on seasonal flu and additional precautions you can take to avoid getting the flu, visit www.ngh.on.ca .

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Mark Jefferson                                                                                                                                                                                   
Infection Control                                                                                                                                                                                 
Norfolk General Hospital                                                                                                                                                                     
(519)-426-0130 Ext.3454

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