October 21, 2010

Winnipeggers take advantage of flu clinics

They may vary in age and background, but they all have one thing in common: they want to protect themselves against influenza.

Thousands of Winnipeggers were able to do just that this week by getting a free flu shot at one of the Winnipeg Health Region's public influenza immunization clinics

We asked some of people attending the clinics to talk about their decision to get a flu shot. Here is what they had to say:

"If I don't get the shot, I get the flu and then I'm down for 10 days. Every year I don't get the flu shot, I get sick. I'm out of work this year and don't want to get sick. I can't afford to be sick." - Jane

"I worked in home care for 20 years. I got the shot through work and I keep getting it. It's habit." - Norman

"My doctor recommended it." - Bill

"I was sick for a month with a really bad flu. That's why I started getting the shot. This is my second time I got the flu shot." - Mary

"I always get it. It's just a good idea." - Janet

"I am a former director of nursing. It's just good practice to get it every season." - Judith

"I am a retired navy officer. At some point they were giving us needles once a month to make sure we could fly off at a moment's notice. I'm not afraid of needles. It helps keep me healthy." - Donald

"I've been getting it the past few years." - Mel

"Last year I was so sick with the grossest flu that hung on forever. This year I got the shot for the first time, so hopefully I won't get the flu." - Kate

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