Flu Season

Influenza Season 2020-2021

 

“Influenza (flu) vaccination is of particular importance this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, to reduce the risk of respiratory illness overall, prevent outbreaks within long term care facilities, and other vulnerable populations, and reduce unnecessary isolation and testing for COVID-19” – Island Health Medical Health Officer

 

Who should get the vaccine?

During COVID-19 most people should get the influenza vaccine including the following:

  • Children 6 months to less than 5 years of age
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy during the influenza season
  • Seniors 65 years and older
  • Residents of any age living in residential care, assisted living or other group facilities
  • Indigenous people
  • Children and teenagers required to take Aspirin® or ASA for long periods of time due to a medical condition
  • Children and adults with certain medical conditions, including:
    • Heart or lung disorders that require regular medical care, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cystic fibrosis
    • Kidney disease, chronic liver disease such as hepatitis, diabetes, cancer, anemia or weakened immune system
    • Those with health conditions causing difficulty breathing, swallowing or a risk of choking on food or fluids, such as people with severe brain damage, spinal cord injury, seizures or neuromuscular disorders
  • Those who are very obese

 

WHEN and WHERE can I get it?

Most flu clinics start mid October, some in November. The flu shot will be available at multiple locations (including public health centres and pharmacies).

See the following links for flu clinic booking and availability:

https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/the-flu-influenza

https://immunizebc.ca/clinics/flu#8/49.246/-123.116

 

Other options include: London drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, and other participating pharmacies. Give them a call or check their website.