Flu shots available throughout Fraser Health

Flu shots are now available at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, walk-in clinics and specialized public health flu clinics.

Flu shots are now available at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, walk-in clinics and specialized public health flu clinics.

“In a typical flu season, thousands of people develop serious illness or even die from the flu or its complications, such as pneumonia,” said chief medical health officer, Dr. Paul Van Buynder.  “The influenza vaccine is the best protection against influenza illness and its complications and is a safe and effective way to help people stay healthy, prevent illness, and even save lives.”

There are between 4,000 and 8,000 deaths from influenza and its complications each year in Canada.

Fraser Health recommends flu shots for everyone. They are free in B.C. for a long list of people: children from six months to five years of age; people 65 years and older; pregnant women; Aboriginal people; people with chronic health conditions; and those with compromised immune systems.

The vaccine is also important for anyone who lives or works with a person who is at higher risk of problems from the flu.

To protect patients in health care facilities, last year British Columbia’s health authorities adopted a policy requiring all doctors, staff, students and volunteers to get immunized or to wear a mask while at work during influenza season. To further protect patients, we’re also asking people visiting our facilities to do the same. Masks will be available at nursing stations and/or outpatient reception desks. People planning to visit loved ones in a health care facility or who will take family members to outpatient appointments are also eligible for a free flu shot.

New this year is the availability of a nasal spray vaccine, Flumist. It is free for eligible children aged two to 17 years old.  It is a live vaccine that provides better protection in younger children than the regular flu shot. As it is sprayed into the nose, it has the added advantage of being needle-free.

• For a complete list of flu clinics, visit our website at www.fraserhealth.ca/flushot, contact your local Public Health office, or consult the BC Flu Clinic Locator at immunizebc.ca or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.  Bring your CareCard or other government I.D. (valid driver’s licence) to the clinic, and wear a short-sleeved shirt.

Just Posted

Vibrant alco-inks one of many mediums for sale at club’s annual show

Garibaldi Art Club’s fall show and sale to feature 220 works of art

UPDATE: Arrest made in Maple Ridge purse-snatching incidents, another for fraud

Man and woman, both 34 and from Maple Ridge, facing charges.

Maple Ridge women’s shelter society gets a $2.1-million boost

Cythera Transition House Society gets money for 21 homes

Maple Ridge councillors named to local groups

Division of labour for new council

Clear skies for Fraser Blues Remembrance Day flyby

It was the first time the formation team flew over the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Remembrance Day ceremonies

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Most Read