November 29, 2012 10:30 ET

Stay Active and Mobile This Flu Season

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2012) - Misconception still exists that the flu is a mild illness easily escaped. Every year, many Canadians rely on sheer will alongside of various precautionary tactics to minimize their exposure. They hope that hand-washing and avoiding public places will keep themselves and family healthy, active and mobile. There is truth in this approach but also a bit of fiction.

The flu is in fact a serious condition that, according to public health, hospitalizes more than 20,000 Canadians each year and causes 4,000 to 8,000 associated deaths. For boomers in Canada, protecting oneself by staying home or limiting interactions is hardly reasonable or practical. They want activity, travel and good health - not hospitalization!

The simple act of getting an annual flu shot can help the immune system ensure it is ready to fight various strains of flu and help keep boomers and seniors healthy and active this winter. In Canada, receiving the flu shot is now easier because most provinces allow pharmacists to give the vaccine paid for by government. British Columbians can also choose from a number of premium vaccination options and the International Travel Health and Vaccination Clinics offer the flu vaccine using new technology that brings a much smaller needle called Intanza.

Take an active step in keeping yourself and loved ones healthy and mobile this winter. Long wait-times, needle anxiety and discomfort are no longer reasons to avoid the flu shot. Full article at:

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