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Event Advisory / Interview and Photo Opportunity - Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews to Kick-Off the Flu Vaccination Season

Oct 23, 2013

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Now that fall has arrived and the flu vaccine is officially available in Ontario, the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, along with Domenic Pilla, President & CEO of Shoppers Drug Mart, will receive their flu shots from a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist on Thursday, October 24.

Between 3.4 and 8.6 million Canadians come down with the flu each year and it can result in serious consequences for many including seniors, children, and those with chronic health conditions.1 In fact, 2,000 to 8,000 people die annually as a result of complications from the flu, so it is important everyone takes the proper precautions to prevent getting sick.2

What:    Flu Vaccination Kick-off
   
Where:   Shoppers Drug Mart (Yonge and Carlton location) - 465 Yonge Street, Toronto
   
When:    Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2:15 p.m. EDT
   
Photo-Op:    Minister Matthews and Domenic Pilla will receive their flu shot from a local pharmacist.
   
  And, why not set a good example for your audiences?  Members of the media are also invited to get vaccinated after the event.
   
Interviews: The following individuals are available for interviews after the photo-op:


  • The Honourable Deb Matthews, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Domenic Pilla, President and CEO, Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Hitesh Pandya, Pharmacist, Shoppers Drug Mart

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1 Health Canada. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/diseases-maladies/flu-grippe-eng.php (Accessed September 5, 2013)
2 Public Health Agency of Canada. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/influenza/ (Accessed September 30, 2013)

SOURCE Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

For further information:


Shaday Livingston
Environics Communications
slivingston@environicspr.com
416-969-2759

Samantha Grant
Office of the Honourable Deb Matthews
Ontario Minister of Health
416-326-4905


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