Flu shot rush on

Public health officials on P.E.I. say there has been a spike in the number of people looking to get the flu shot.

Extra clinics being put on to meet demand

Public health officials on P.E.I. say there has been a spike in the number of people looking to get the flu shot.

There is still only one lab-confirmed case of the flu on P.E.I., but officials believe an outbreak making news in Alberta is fuelling concern on the Island.

"We actually last Monday started to see an increase, and we did see a significant increase in calls," said Kathy Jones, director of public health with Health PEI.

"Some of the more recent media attention, I think, may be prompting folks, if they haven't received their flu shot for themselves or their families to date, to want to call and make arrangements."

Jones said additional clinics are being put on in locations around the province to administer flu shots.

Islanders who want the vaccine must call (1-855-354-4358) to make an appointment. People can also contact their family doctor to receive the vaccine.

Typical symptoms of influenza include fever, headache, aches and pains, cough, and sore throat.

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