Island Health Information Bulletin - Flu Shots

Posted: October 19, 2020

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INFORMATION BULLETIN    

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2020

Protect me, protect you. Get immunized for the flu.

Island-wide — This year, getting a flu shot is particularly important, not only for influenza prevention, but also to stay healthy while COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities. 

Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization and death. Getting immunized for the flu helps protect ourselves and others around us, especially our health care workers and those who may be more likely to develop severe illness that would put them in hospital.

Flu shots are available from pharmacists (for ages two and up), primary care providers and at public health clinics. 

Please bring a non-medical mask or face covering, your BC Services Card or other government identification (valid driver’s licence), and remember to wear a short sleeved shirt. Plan ahead to get your flu shot, as most places require booking in advance.

People at high risk of serious illness from influenza and their close contacts are eligible for the free flu vaccine. This includes children aged 6 months to 5 years, seniors, Indigenous people and people with chronic health conditions. If you are not eligible, you may receive a flu vaccine for a fee through your primary care provider or pharmacist. Visit heathlink.bc.ca for more information.

Immunization is the best protection against the flu. Continue to wash your hands frequently, stay home when sick, maintain a safe physical distance or wear a non-medical face covering to reduce respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.

It is safe to get immunized during the pandemic. Flu clinics follow all provincial recommendations for physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and screening for symptoms.  

Island Health distributes flu vaccine orders to pharmacies and primary care providers on an ongoing basis. Our process is designed to ensure equitable distribution to all communities we serve. While some pharmacies and primary care providers may use their supply more quickly than others, we will ensure all providers receive new supply as orders are submitted.

  

Photo description: Island Health Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Richard Stanwick immunizes Victoria Schmid, Island Health’s Vice-President of Pandemic Planning.

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Central/North Island media inquiries:
Dominic Abassi
250-755-7966
Dominic.Abassi@viha.ca

Cowichan/South Island media inquiries:
Cheryl Bloxham
250-370-8878