Thursday, October 31, 2019

Flu shot season offers range of options to access immunization

A flu shot today could keep you on your feet tomorrow, and as we head further into fall and winter Northern Health is moving into the start of the flu season with a reminder of a number of options for you to access the annual flu shot.

As part of their awareness program, Northern Health has provided a facts list on Influenza highlighting what you need to know abut the flu and what you should do if you find yourself in the grip of it.

To access the flu shot, the Northern Health Unit at the Ocean Centre on Third Avenue East will have clinics in November.

There are also one day drop in clinics scheduled for Coast Mountain College and the Friendship House next month, with the potential for other one day events to be listed as the month moves forward. 

Locally, the flu shot is also available at Canada Safeway, Save On Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart and WalMart.

You can check out the details for the clinics in Prince Rupert here, as well for those living across the Northwest simply type in your postal code or community name to find the clinic locations in your area.

This year, The Northern Health Unit is set to begin its annual distribution of the influenza vaccine in the week of November 4th, some of the focus once again this year is for those in three key categories:

People at high risk

People capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk

People who provide essential community services.

To find out if you qualify for free influenza vaccine shots see this list from North Health which expands on the three elements for recommended flu shots.

When it comes to the vaccine for 20189/20, Health officials have directed attention to four strains of flu that are anticipated to reach British Columbia this year:

A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus
B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus
B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (in quadrivalent vaccines only)

The A/Brisbane and A/Kansas strains were not contained in the 2018/19 season vaccine.

A short video from Immunize outlines how the flu shot works to reduce your prospects of contracting the flu virus this year.

More background on health issues across the Northwest can be found on our archive page here.

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