With flu season approaching, public health nurses across Interior Health are gearing up for this year’s influenza (flu) vaccination campaign.
In Williams Lake two drop-in clinics will take place Nov. 5 and 6 at Cariboo Bethel Church on Western Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Flu shots will also be available by appointment only at the Williams Lake Health Unit on Borland Street, on on Nov. 22, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Last year, over 173,000 seasonal flu shots were provided free of charge to those at risk of complications from the flu.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) determines the strains to be included in the annual influenza vaccine based on flu trends worldwide. This year’s vaccine contains three different flu strains that will offer protection against two influenza A viruses and one influenza B virus,” said Dr. Rob Parker, Medical Health Officer with Interior Health. “Getting a flu shot and washing your hands frequently are the two most effective ways to protect yourself and other from getting the flu.”
The flu is highly contagious and can cause severe complications for those with heart, lung, and other health problems. Even if you don’t become severely ill, getting the flu can mean several missed days of school, work, and other activities.
Many physician offices and pharmacies also provide vaccines free to those who are eligible.