What is influenza?
Influenza, often called the flu, is a serious and contagious respiratory infection that can lead to hospitalization, and death in severe cases. The infection spreads when a person comes into contact with droplets from an infected person who coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of influenza may include fever, aches, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, a runny nose, sore throat, and cough. Visit healthlink.ca to find out more about influenza.
How can I protect myself?
Protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza by getting your flu shot and preventing the spread of germs. It is important to get a flu shot yearly because influenza viruses change from year to year. Each year the vaccine is updated to include the current viruses that are circulating.
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Flu shots are safe, easy to get, and free for those at risk and their household contacts.
The people at the greatest risk of influenza related complications are adults and children with underlying health conditions, residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities, people 65 years of age and older, children under 60 months of age, pregnant women, and Aboriginal peoples.
Am I eligible?
The flu shots is free for the following people:
People 65 years and older and their caregivers/household contacts
People of any age in residential care facilities
Children and adults with chronic health conditions and their household contacts
Children and adolescents (6 months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods of time with Aspirin (ASA), and their household contacts
Children and adults who are morbidly obese
All children 6 to 59 months of age
Household contacts and caregivers of infants and children birth to 59 months of age
Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy during the influenza season and their household contacts
Visitors to hospitals, health centres and residential care facilities
People who work with live poultry
Health-care and other care providers in facilities and community settings who are capable of transmitting influenza disease to those at high risk of influenza complications
People who provide care or service in potential outbreak settings housing high-risk persons (e.g., crews on ships)
People who provide essential community services (first responders, corrections workers).
Where can I get a flu shot?
The influenza vaccine is available through your pharmacist, health care provider, First Nations community health nurses or your local health unit.
Interior Health immunization clinics in Cranbrook are:
Thursday Nov. 7th 9:30am-6:00pm
Friday Nov. 8th 9:30am- 4:30pm
at the Eagles Hall - 711 Kootenay Street N.
Influenza vaccine will continue to be available throughout the winter season by appointment. Call your local health centre for more information.
For more information visit https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourHealth/Immunization/SeasonalFluCampaign/Pages/default.aspx