2020-2021 Seasonal Influenza Campaign
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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.

 

Where can I get a flu shot?

Interior Health public health immunization clinics are now by appointment only. We have limited appointments and will be prioritizing these for Children 12 years of age and younger along with their immediate family members as well as clients with health conditions. Please visit BCCDC’s website for the 2020/21 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Eligibility recommendations. Call your local health centre for more information or to book an appointment.

Healthy adults are encouraged to get their flu shot from a local pharmacy, health care provider, First Nation community health nurse, where possible. Visit the Immunize BC Influenza Clinic Locator to find an influenza immunization provider offering flu shot appointments near you.

 

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’s important that those who have loved ones that are most at risk of complications from influenza get vaccinated. This will help to build a wall of protection around your loved one and reduce their chances of acquiring influenza illness. Getting a flu shot provides immunity for your community, too!

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. Visit BCCDC’s website for the 2020/21 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Eligibility recommendations for a complete list.

It is important to get a flu shot every year because influenza viruses change every year! Each year the vaccine is updated to include the current viruses that are expected to be in our communities.

The flu shot offers protection against different strains of influenza viruses (A & B). The flu shot strains include two influenza A viruses and one influenza B virus. The three strains included in this year’s flu shot are:

  • A/Guangdong-Maonan/SWL1536/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • A/Hong Kong/2671/2019 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • B/Washington/02/2019-like virus.

Children 6 months to 17 years of age receive a flu shot with four influenza strains. In addition to the strains above, this flu shot also includes an additional influenza B strain: B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.

 

Who should get vaccinated against the flu?

Everybody! Flu shots are safe, easy to get, and free for those at risk and their household contacts!
For a list of those recommended to receive free flu shots, visit BCCDC’s website for the 2020/21 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Eligibility recommendations.
 

 

 
 
       
 
 
 

 

As a step towards reconciliation, Interior Health acknowledges the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. It is with humility that we continue to strengthen our relationships with the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples of the interior.
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