Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Doctor David Williams, says it looks like this year’s flu vaccine is hitting the mark.

Williams says the vaccine was carefully formulated to protect against four current flu strains, based on recommendations from the World Health Organization. And as we head into peak flu season, the vaccine looks good.

“It is still early in the season,” says Williams, “there’s still time to get the flu vaccine. But remember, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take full effect.”

Public health nurse Courtney Langlois from the Porcupine Health Unit concurs.

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She says ”We still encourage people even when you get the vaccine, to practice your hand washing skills, to cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve and to stay home if you’re sick.”

Langlois says vaccinations are available at the health unit, or from your doctor, nurse practitioner or pharmacist.