Info For Seniors: Take the opportunity to get your free flu shot

The provincial government released a statement that getting the flu shot is safe and easier than ever. Every batch of the vaccine is tested using strict guidelines for safety and quality. The shot is available from doctors or nurse practitioners and, in most cases, from local pharmacies or public health units.

Hastings Prince Edward Public health will offer a community clinic for flu shots at 46 Elizabeth Street in Picton on Nov. 21 from 1:30-6:30 p.m.; and in Wellington, 111 Belleville St., on Nov 26 from 1:30-6:30 p.m.

The flu shot protects against the most common viruses expected this season. The flu can be passed on before showing symptoms leading to doctor’s visits, sometimes hospital stays or sadly, in some cases, death.

It takes about two weeks for the vaccination to reach its full effect. Children 4 and under, pregnant people and seniors are particularly at risk of serious complications due to the flu.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a 2018 Canadian study found that people are six times more likely to have a heart attack in the weeks after having the flu, and this risk may be higher among those 65 years and older. There were about 8,908 flu-related hospitalizations and among those, 619 deaths in Ontario last flu season.

For more information on the flu and where to get your shot, visit ontario.ca/flu.

Seniors’ fair today

If you’re reading this on Thursday, Nov. 1 you still have time to get to our Seniors’ Information and Active Living Fair. It’s from 10 .a.m to 3 p.m. at the Wellington and District Community Centre. With 50 exhibitors, presentations, demonstrations, refreshments, entertainment, and a free lunch you really don’t want to miss it! All welcome. Call 613-476-7493 for a full schedule of County Seniors Centre programming for November.

Picton Seniors Luncheon Social

Come on out on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at noon in Picton. The menu features food from the country of England and will be catered by Bill Grieve. The cost is $10 per person.

This event is sponsored by Community Care. Following the luncheon there will be a presentation on all things England and guest speaker Angela Palmer will speak about her life growing up in the United Kingdom. Reserve by Tuesday at noon by calling 613-476-7493. Take-out and delivery available.

– Debbie MacDonald Moynes