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November to April is prime "flu time" in Canada. Adults and
children with heart or lung problems and their families, senior
citizens, and anyone who is a long time user of ASA for
rheumatoid arthritis are among the people who should see their
doctor about getting a flu shot.

"It is best for people in high risk categories to get vaccinated
now," said Health Minister Bernie Boudreau. "For these people, a
flu shot means less chance of being ill, less chance of being
hospitalized, and it may even save their life."

Influenza or the "flu" is a contagious virus that affects the
respiratory system. Its symptoms include high fever, chills,
headaches, muscle aches and pains, chest discomfort and heavy
cough. It can also lead to serious complications like pneumonia,
heart and kidney failure and nervous disorders.

Immunization is free for anyone at high risk. Others can expect
to pay a small fee for the vaccine.

"Over 60 per cent of seniors in Nova Scotia get a flu shot
annually," said Mr. Boudreau. "They obviously know the importance
of a flu shot. We need to encourage adults and children at high
-- that is people with heart, lung or kidney disease, diabetes,
some types of cancer, HIV, anemia, immune deficiencies, long time
users of ASA, to follow the fine example set by seniors."

This year's flu immunization campaign is a project of the
Department of Health in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Lung
Association, the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia, the Medical
Society of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Association of Health
Organizations, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Senior
Citizens Secretariat, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Nova
Scotia Division of the Canadian Pensioners Concerned.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Backgrounder and Q&A available by calling 1-800-670-4357
or 902-424-4492. Messages from campaign partners available by
contacting Lori MacLean.

Contact: Lori MacLean  902-424-5025

trp                      Oct. 10, 1996 - 12:40 p.m.