Western Health to Begin Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Next Week
Western Health is advising that the influenza vaccine (flu shot) will be available for residents throughout region beginning October 21. The vaccine is available at no cost to all residents.
“Getting the annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu,” said Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Medical Officer of Health. “We recommend the flu shot for everyone older than six months and it is especially important for people who are at higher risk from the complications of influenza. This includes pregnant women, those with chronic conditions, and those over the age of 65. We also encourage parents to vaccinate their children as the flu can spread rapidly through the pre-school and school-aged populations.”
Along with the flu vaccine, individuals can protect themselves against the flu and other flu-like viruses if they follow 3 steps: Clean, Cover, Contain. Clean, frequently washing their hands; Cover, covering their mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of their arm when coughing or sneezing; and Contain, staying home when sick.
The schedule for public health vaccination clinics can be found at www.westernhealth.nl.ca/flu. Individuals are asked to bring their MCP card and wear short sleeves when they go to get their flu shot.
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