Get your flu shot: “don’t let the flu get to you”

It's that time of year again. Flu immunization clinics will be held in Fort St. James from Nov. 3 - 13.

  • Oct. 28, 2015 9:00 a.m.

It’s that time of year again. Flu immunization clinics will be held in Fort St. James from Nov. 3 – 13. Call (250) 996-7178 to book your appointment.

Preventing the flu is everyone’s responsibility. Influenza or the flu is a common, infectious respiratory disease that begins in your nose and throat. It is highly contagious and spreads rapidly from person to person.

Fiction: Influenza is not a serious problem

Fact: Influenza is a highly contagious virus that infects millions of Canadians every year. While most recover in about a week, up to 8,000 people, most of them young children and seniors, will die due to flu-related complications like pneumonia.

Flu shots are especially important for:

* People at high risk:

* Adults and children with chronic health conditions

* People with morbid obesity

* People who are residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities

* People 65 years of age

* Children 6 to 59 months of age

* Healthy pregnant women

* Aboriginal peoples

* People capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk

* People who provide essential community services

* People in direct contact during culling operations involving poultry infected with avian influenza.

You can protect yourself and those around you from influenza. Annual immunization is the safest and most effective way to prevent infection, to reduce the severity of your symptoms if you do get sick, and to keep from spreading the virus to others.

Fiction: The flu vaccine can give me the flu.

Fact: The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza because it does not contain any live virus. Flu vaccines only contain parts of the more common strands of flu viruses in order to prompt your immune system to create the right antibodies to fight off the real virus.

Mild side-effects can occur but rarely last more than 48 hours. Severe allergic reactions are possible but occur less than once in every million vaccinations in Canada and are treatable.

Fiction: I got the flu shot last year so I’m still protected.

Fact: It is necessary to be immunized each fall to make sure your body forms antibodies against the most common strains of flu viruses circulating that year. Because the flu viruses are capable of changing from year to year, the vaccine is updated annually.

Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) identifies three strains of the influenza virus that are predicted to be the most common and therefore will have the most impact on our health. Influenza vaccines are then developed based on these three viruses.

Fiction: I don’t need the flu shot because I never get sick.

Fact: You may not be at risk of a serious illness but those around you may be more vulnerable. Even mild symptoms of influenza mean that you could be carrying it into the lives of your family, friends, coworkers and many others that you come in contact with during the day.

By getting immunized every fall, you will develop the antibodies to break down the flu virus in your system, lower your risk of catching the virus, reduce the severity of symptoms and avoid spreading the infection to those who are more vulnerable.

Fiction: The flu shot doesn’t work.

Fact: Immunization is the most effective means to reduce the impact of influenza.

As with any vaccine, the flu shot may not protect 100% of all susceptible individuals. However, with a good match to circulating strains, influenza vaccination prevents illness in approximately 70-90% of healthy children and adults.

You might still get influenza, but vaccinated people usually experience only mild symptoms. You could still get another strain of influenza that the vaccine was not designed to protect against.

Fiction: Immunizations do my children more harm than good.

Fact: The benefits of flu shots far outweigh the risks. Flu shots are especially important for children ages 6 to 23 months, who without immunization could be susceptible to serious flu complications. Flu vaccines do not contain live influenza virus and will not infect your children with the flu.

These facts are provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada. For more information, and


Just Posted

Nisga’a leader named UNBC chancellor

Dr. Joseph Arthur Gosnell is the first Indigenous leader to assume the role

Fire forces 36 people at Vanderhoof care home to evacuate

No one was hurt after the fire at Stuart Nechako Manor

Repen: FOI data proves Telkwans being ripped off by ICBC

Former Telkwa mayor received a response from ICBC and says the results don’t look good for residents

Fires still burning near Telegraph Creek

BC Wildfire Service assures residents of a proactive plan heading into wildfire season

Northwest entrepreneurs pitch their plans for cash prizes

ThriveNorth announces 12 finalists in this year’s business challenge

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

RCMP arrest B.C. man following threatening Vaisakhi Facebook post

Post made reference to pressure cooker bomb at massive Surrey parade

Another illegal dump of 200 Dungeness crab discovered in northern B.C.

DFO confident new site related to larger April 2 dump

Northern B.C. high school student reaches 100,000 followers on YouTube

Voice actor, animator, Jericho Fortune has more than 30-million views on his channel GTAGAMER222

Most Read