Saturday, September 20th22.5°C
23518

Getting vaccinated

Pharmasave Kelowna on Lakeshore Road had planned on having three flu clinics this week, but after Castanet's story about the shortage of flu vaccinations in the area, their phones rang off the hook.

They decided to allow the vaccinations to go on a first call, first serve basis.

The Webster family were one of the lucky few to call ahead and book three shots for themselves.

Mom, Trisha Webster, says she has never got the shot before but felt this year it was necessary for them all to.

“This is the first time I have received a flu shot but I just think that being in the age category that is susceptible, which is 20-55 and school aged children, plus we travel quite a bit, I just think it is important,” shared Trisha.

The shot is free for her husband as his dad is in a retirement care centre but will cost for her and her daughter, a fee she says is nominal and worth it.

“I have had friends that have had the flu as of late and it has completely levelled them for at least one to two weeks so it is just precautionary I guess,” says Trisha.

Her daughter Tatum who is in elementary school still remembers the flu a few years ago that took our many in her classroom.

“A couple years ago it really went around and a lot of kids in my class got it, they were really sick and had to go to the hospital,” said Tatum.

The Webster's say they know the shot is in short supply and were happy the pharmacy they called still had some left.

“This was the first pharmacy I called because it is our local pharmacy and they fortunately said yes but I have had friends who have called several pharmacies who have said they are out.”

And the end of the day if it prevents them from being smacked with the flu it is worth the short term pain of the shot and fear of needles.

“I think prevention is worth it, I think it is best to have it. I mean we might still get some sort of flu but it seems like it is quite a harsh flu this year given the amount of people I heard in the Okanagan that have had H1N1 and a person dying here,” adds Trisha.

Click here for the current update on which pharmacies in the Okanagan still have some shots in stock.

COMMENTS WELCOME

Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.



Read more Kelowna News

21350


Recent Trending





20007




FEATURED Property
201224210610 Granby Rd
$485,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading



21350




22796

Kelowna SPCA Featured Pet

Coconut
Coconut Kelowna SPCA >




20327



23087



Okanagan Quick Links City of Kelowna
Airport Arrivals
Airport Departures
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Transit
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Tourism Kelowna
Central Okanagan
Regional District

District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
Interior Health
UBC Okanagan
Okanagan College
School District 23
Okanagan Regional Library


Kelowna City Council Audio
Audio
September 8, 2014 @ 1:30 pm
Live broadcasts, archives, schedule >


Member of BC Press Council
22700