The Flu Vaccine Has Arrived in Windsor-Essex

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The first batch of the influenza vaccine has arrived in Windsor-Essex.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reports two shipments of the flu vaccine have been transferred to medical professionals and health providers in the region.

The first shipment is for high-risk individuals while the second is for health care providers including family doctors and nurse practitioners.

At the beginning of the month, Windsor Regional Hospital reported a delay in the arrival of the vaccinations.

The Public Health Agency of Canada co-ordinates purchases of the vaccinations and blamed the delay on a shortage at the manufacturing level.

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Doctor vaccinating women in hospital. (Photo courtesy iStock/wissanu01)

Health officials have predicted an earlier and stronger flu season, due to an increase in the number of influenza cases in Australia so far during the country's winter.

Local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says it's still early.

"The season is just starting," says Dr. Ahmed.  "We haven't had any case so far in Windsor-Essex but we're keeping an eye open."

He says now is the time to get your flu shot.

"If more and more people are vaccinated, they can protect themselves and also their loved ones and the best option is go get your flu shot," says Dr. Ahmed.   

Erie Shores Healthcare has reported an increase in the number of patients with flu-like symptoms.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is hosting its influenza clinic on Nov. 18.

 

With files from Rob Hindi