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article imageNova Scotia flu vaccination campaign begins

By Kevin Jess     Oct 15, 2010 in Health
Halifax - The Nova Scotia government is reminding residents that flu season is fast approaching and is encouraging everyone to see their health care provider to get immunized.
The flu vaccine is free in Nova Scotia and is available at doctors' offices, community clinics and workplace clinics across the province.
The flu shot, which becomes available on October 14, 2010 is safe, effective and the best line of defense against seasonal influenza. H1N1 vaccine will also be included in this year's vaccination campaign.
Health Promotion and Protection Minister Maureen MacDonald said in a press release, "Providing a free flu shot is the right decision to support better health care for families in every region," said Ms. MacDonald. "This investment will help keep people well and is part of our overall plan to reduce pressure on our emergency rooms."
The Nova Scotia government will invest between $1.2 to $1.4 million in the immunization program.
Chief public health officer Dr. Robert Strang said, "Every year, influenza creates a burden on our population, our workplaces and our health care system. This burden was particularly felt last year during H1N1. But the flu can be prevented safely and easily by getting immunized."
The typical flu season in Nova Scotia runs from November to April.
Symptoms usually include a sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. It is stressed that proper hygiene can reduce chances of spreading influenza as well as other illnesses.
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