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3 things you need to know about flu season

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With other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 going around this fall, it’s important to protect yourself and others in your community by getting a flu shot

As of October 11, flu season has officially kicked off. Here’s what you need to know when getting your flu shot this year.

  1. Flu shots are free and recommended for everyone 6 months and older

With other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 going around this fall, it’s important to protect yourself and others in your community by getting a flu shot – especially those who could get very sick, like young children and elderly people. The flu shot is free and recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

  1. New this year: Use the Get Vaccinated system to book a flu shot appointment

If you’re registered with the Get Vaccinated system (the same system that’s used to book COVID-19 shots), you should receive a notification and link to book your flu shot appointment. If you haven’t received your booking link by text message or email, call the Provincial call centre at 1-833-838-2323 and ask to book a flu shot appointment at a pharmacy near you. Please don’t call your local pharmacy.

Depending on what community you live in, drop-in flu shots may be an option. To guarantee that you’ll get a flu shot that day, we strongly encourage booking an appointment.

  1. You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as your flu shot

Flu shots can safely be given at the same time or any time before or after any other vaccine including COVID-19. Some Northern Health clinics may be offering flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time. For more information on flu or COVID-19, visit northernhealth.ca.

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