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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 19:06

Seniors get your free shingles vaccine

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           Ontario has begun funding free shingles vaccines for people aged 65-70. And many local healthcare providers are ready to provide these important vaccinations.

            “Many of our healthcare providers have already

ordered stock of the shingles vaccine so we’re ready to immunize patients who are eligible,” says Peterborough Family Health Team Medical Director Dr. Kaetlan Wilson.

            “During the same visit we can also advise them on getting the flu shot and Adacel, both of which offer excellent protection and are publicly funded.” All adults are also eligible for a single, one-time dose of Adacel, which protects against pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus and diphtheria.

            Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, affects more than 42,000 people every year in Ontario and can cause complications such as loss of vision and debilitating nerve pain.

            Studies show that the vaccine is highly effective when seniors are vaccinated between the ages of 65 – 70 years. This new program is based on recommendations from Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization and Ontario's Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Immunization. 

            If you qualify for the shingles vaccine, contact your primary-care professional. If you don’t have one, call the Routine Immunization Clinic at Peterborough Public Health, 705-743-1000, ext. 129.

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