Diana Cowanlock, infectious disease program manager for the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.
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Winter is coming, and so is the flu season.
The Thunder Bay and District Health Unit will host its first flu shot clinic of the season on Monday. Infectious disease program manager Diana Gowanlock said on top of getting the shot people really need to start taking care of themselves by sleeping and eating properly in order to avoid becoming a victim of influenza this year.
"The most important thing probably would be to wash your hands," she said.
The health unit gave 10,000 flu shots last year and handed out 50,000 to other healthcare providers. Experts look to winter in other parts of the world to see what a North American flu season might have in store. So far there's no indication that a particularly bad year is coming.
"They're obviously really hard to predict what kind of flu season we're going to have," Gowanlock said.
As for the vaccine itself, people will be given two A strains, the same as last year, and a slightly different b strain. That's based on research by the World Health Organization.
"They do their best with scientific research to what strains are going to be circulating," Gowanlock said.
A full schedule of flu clinics can be found on the health unit's website.
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