“In Canada, vaccines have saved more lives than any other medical intervention in the past 50 years.” — ImmunizeBC
Pat Strim says one of the best ways you can stay healthy and protected from vaccine-preventable diseases is to get immunized.
Strim, Northern Health’sRegional Nursing Lead,Immunization, says when people are immunized,they not only protect themselves, theyalso protect those around them.
“There arepeoplein our communities whocan’t getimmunized,such as babies who may be too young togetvaccines,peoplewith poor immune systems,and people with certain medical reasons such asthoseundergoing cancer treatment,” saysStrim. “Bystaying current with your vaccinations,you can help protect thosepeoplein your communities. The more people who are immunized,the better,becausethenit’smore difficultfor vaccine-preventable diseases to spread.”
What is influenza?
Influenza,alsocalled “the flu” isan infection of the upper airway caused bytheinfluenza virus; it canbe spreadbycoughing, sneezing,or face-to-face contact. Symptomsinclude fever, headache, muscle pain, runny nose, sore throat, extreme tiredness,andcough. Children may alsohavenausea, vomiting,or diarrhea.
It’s important to get a flu shot to protect yourself;it can be a seriousand sometimes fatal infection.
Where can I get a flu shot?
AcrossNorthern Health, seasonal influenza vaccinesareavailablestarting November4 at Northern Health’sPublic Health Units,forpeopleeligible for publicly-fundedflu shots.Thevaccine is recommendedforand provided free to the following groups:
- People at high risk:
- Seniors (65+)
- Residents of long-term care facilities
- Indigenous Peoples
- Peoplewho are morbidly obese
- Pregnant women
- People withcertain chronic diseases
- Peoplewho could infectthose at high risk
- People who provide essential community services
Strimadds that in BC,flu shotsarealsoprovided at pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and travel clinics.To finda flu clinic near you,visitImmunizeBC– Find an Influenza (Flu) Clinic.
- The flu
- Fluvaccine eligibility
- Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccineeligibility (Pneumovax®23)
In addition,Strimencourages anyonelooking forinformation about shingles or the shingles vaccine – which is not provided free in BC –totalk totheir local care provider.