Not too late for flu shot

With months left in this year’s flu season, Interior Health says it’s not too late to get vaccinated. 

While the flu can strike those of any age, people with chronic medical conditions, young children, and seniors are most at risk of complications.

Across the region, influenza activity continues to increase, with the dominant strain this year being A H1NI, which predominantly affects children and younger adults.

The strain is included in this year’s flu shot, which "is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza and influenza-related complications,” says Dr. Silvina Mema, Medical Health Officer with IH.

“This year’s vaccine has shown to be a good match for the strains of influenza circulating this season.”

The vaccine is available at public health centres, as well as some pharmacies and physicians' offices.

It is free for many, including:

  • People 65 years and older and their caregivers/household contacts
  • People of any age in long-term care facilities
  • Children and adults with chronic health conditions and their household contacts
  • Children and adults who are morbidly obese
  • Aboriginal people
  • All children six months to five years of age
  • Household contacts and caregivers of infants and children from birth to five years of age
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy and their household contacts
  • Visitors to hospitals, health centres and long-term care facilities
  • Health-care and other care providers
  • People who provide essential community services (first responders, corrections workers)

IH also advises reducing the spread of germs by washing hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue, and staying home if sick.

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