The influenza virus is starting to make the rounds in Muskoka once again.

Officials with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit say there have been 14 confirmed cases of the flu reported in the district this season. Four of those cases were reported last week. The health unit also had a report of a flu outbreak in a local long-term care home or child care facility last week. Officials were not able to confirm where that outbreak happened.

Doctors say it’s up to you to help stop the spread of the virus. This means washing your hands more often and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. If you haven’t had your flu shot yet, officials say now is the time to get it. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become effective.

Last season, flu infections didn’t start to peak until early January and there were 700 cases overall with eight related deaths.

You can find a list of pharmacies and clinics offering the flu shot here.

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