Western Health to Begin Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Next Week – Flu Shot Clinics Announced
Western Health is advising that the influenza vaccine (flu shot) will be available for residents through public health beginning October 22. The vaccine is available at no cost to all residents.
“Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu,” said Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Medical Officer of Health. “The influenza virus changes from year to year, which is why we recommend people get immunized each year. This is especially important for people who are more likely to have serious impacts on their health if they get influenza.”
Western Health encourages all individuals older than 6 months to get the flu vaccine, especially those at high risk of developing complications or spreading influenza and those capable of transmitting influenza to individuals at high risk.
Other ways to protect against the flu and other flu-like viruses include: frequently washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your arm when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when sick.
The schedules for public health vaccination clinics can be found at www.westernhealth.nl.ca/flu. Please bring your MCP card and wear short sleeves when you go to receive your flu shot.
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