News Release: First Confirmed Influenza Death in Windsor and Essex County
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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has received confirmation of the first death related to influenza this season in Windsor and Essex County (WEC). During last years season (2018/2019) there was one death attributed to influenza.
The WECHU is reminding everyone that the best way to protect yourself against the influenza virus and lower your risk of flu is to get the flu vaccine.
“As always it’s important to be protected from the risks associated with the flu season in Ontario” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health. “Lower your risk and the risk of those around you by getting the flu vaccine. The best time to get vaccinated is now.”
The WECHU cautions that while most people feel healthy, the flu shot has benefits that extend beyond our own immune system. If people get the flu shot every year, the likelihood of getting the flu is reduced, and that means people are less likely to spread the disease to family, friends and into the community. It is highly recommended that people protect themselves and the ones they love by getting vaccinated.
The flu vaccine is free for people who work, live or study in Ontario and is available at many local health care providers and pharmacies. The WECHU has distributed 149 660 doses throughout the community and will continue to work with providers to ensure residents continue to have access to the vaccine.
For more information on influenza please visit our website at https://www.wechu.org/flu.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)