Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Health

Flu Shots Available

Time to roll up the sleeve to best protect against influenza

Released by Fraser Health Authority

 

raser Health is reminding people to get their flu shot that is now available at doctors' offices, pharmacies, walk-in clinics and public health flu clinics.


In a typical flu season, thousands of people in Canada develop serious illness or even die from the flu or its complications, such as pneumonia. The influenza vaccine is the best protection against influenza illness and its complications and is a safe and effective way to help people stay healthy, prevent illness, and even save lives.

 

"Flu in pregnancy is particularly dangerous not only for mom, but baby as well," says Fraser Health medical health officer, Dr. Michelle Murti. "Flu shots in pregnancy are safe and recommended at any time during pregnancy. In fact, getting a flu shot, especially in late pregnancy, provides protection for babies during the flu season when they are most at risk of serious disease, because they can't get a shot until six months of age."

Flu shots are recommended for everyone and are free in BC for all children from six months to five years of age, people 65-years and older, pregnant women, Aboriginal people, people with chronic health conditions, and those with compromised immune systems. The vaccine is also important for anyone who lives or works with a person who is at higher risk of health complications from the flu. Children also have the option of getting the Flumist nasal spray instead of the shot.

To protect patients in health care facilities, British Columbia's health authorities adopted a policy requiring all doctors, staff, students, visitors and volunteers to get immunized or to wear a mask while at work, or visiting the hospital during influenza season which typically runs from November to the end of March. Masks will be available at nursing stations and/or outpatient reception desks. People planning to visit loved ones in a health care facility or who will take family members to outpatient appointments are also eligible for a free flu shot.

For a complete list of flu clinics near you, visit our website at www.fraserhealth.ca/flushot. Bring your CareCard or other government I.D. (valid driver's license) to the clinic, and please wear a short sleeved shirt.
 

 

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