01/07/2014 06:27 EST | Updated 03/09/2014 05:59 EDT

P.E.I. health officials encouraging Islanders to get annual flu shot

CHARLOTTETOWN - Prince Edward Island's chief public health officer is reminding Islanders that it's not too late to get an influenza vaccine.

Dr. Heather Morrison says vaccination is the single most effective way of reducing the impact of influenza, especially for those at risk for complications.

Morrison says aside from getting a shot, Islanders should practise preventative measures, including hand washing. coughing and sneezing into your sleeve and staying home if you are sick.

This year's vaccine protects against three strains of influenza.

So far, the majority of influenza cases across Canada have been the H1N1 strain.

There has been one lab-confirmed case of that strain in Prince Edward Island.

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