Department of Health urges flu shots to fend off virus

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With the arrival of flu season, the Department of Health is encouraging Nunavummiut to get vaccinated.

Health Minister George Hickes took a shot in the arm from nurse Margot Suttis last October to lessen the chances of spreading the flu virus.
photo courtesy of the Department of Health

Flu shots are free and are expected to be available in all of the territory’s communities by mid-October, according to a GN news release. Local health centres should make announcements when the shots are ready. In Iqaluit, flu clinics kicked off on Monday.

Other actions that can help ward off influenza include sneezing and coughing into one’s sleeve, frequent hand washing and staying home when one gets sick, the Department of Health advises.

Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore muscles, nausea and feeling tired.