Flu Season is coming: take a shot and protect yourself

All British Columbians are encouraged to get their flu shots by reducing their chances of getting the flu.

  • Nov. 2, 2016 1:00 p.m.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

All British Columbians are encouraged to get their flu shots by reducing their chances of getting the flu and of passing it on to others this season.

The influenza vaccine will be made available throughout the province in November and Northern Health has scheduled a number of flu clinic dates available in Fort St. James.

B.C’s Health Minister, Terry Lake says that it doesn’t take long to stop and get your flu shot.

“By getting immunized, you’re not only protecting yourself, but also anyone who may be vulnerable to complications from the flu which can cause serious illness and even hospitalization.”

People at risk of complications include: children between the ages of six months to five years, seniors 65 and older, pregnant women, aboriginal people and individuals with chronic health conditions and compromised immune systems.

People who visit or work in long-term care facilities and hospitals are also encouraged to get their flu shots.

Each year, about 3,500 Canadians die from influenza and its complications. Hospitalized patients and seniors in residential care are more vulnerable.

For more information about the flu shot and to book an appointment, call: (250) 996-7178.

Influenza Clinic Dates in Fort St. James:

Nov. 3 – noon – 7 p.m.

Nov. 4 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 8 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 10 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 18 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 25 – 9 a.m. – 12 noon

To learn more about influenza visit: http://www.immunizebc.ca/clinics/flu#8/49.246/-123.116