Extra flu shots ordered to meet anticipated demand on Vancouver Island

Extra flu shots ordered to meet anticipated demand on Vancouver Island

The flu vaccine is always important especially this year because of the COVID pandemic, especially for vulnerable people.

The Fairfax County Health Department and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) have joined forces to offer a series of free flu vaccination clinics at senior centers across the county. But, this is 2020, and getting a flu shot needs to be high on your priority list.

Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including healthcare provider offices, pharmacies, hospitals, and public health offices, as well as some worksites and schools. Of course, all COVID-19 safety guidelines will be enforced, so please wear a face covering and please do not attend if you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. The vaccine works by triggering your body to produce protective antibodies that help prevent the flu. "We know people spend more time indoors during the holidays, which are not too far away".

The CDC recommends flu vaccination every year for everyone 6 months and older.

The symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are similar, state health officials said, and anyone who feels sick should call their doctor, local health department or urgent care facility before arriving in-person. You may get out of your vehicle or you can choose to have the shot given while remaining in your vehicle. An annual flu shot visit is a great time for kids to catch up on all vaccinations. It's created to slow or stop the most common types of flu expected to spread during the fall and winter months.

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The list also includes people of any age who are institutionalized for a long time and pregnant women as well as people who can transmit the flu to those who are at high risk of developing complications.

The majority of flu shots on Vancouver Island are available through pharmacists and physicians. Treatment with a prescription antiviral drug is especially important for hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness and those who are at high risk of serious flu complications based on their age or health.

According to the CDC, it is possible to have COVID and the flu at the same time, and United Kingdom scientists found that having them together significantly increases the risk of death. They say Montanans need to be proactive to avoid contracting the flu.

Most seasonal flu activity occurs between October and May, and typically peaks between December and February.

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