Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Now Available Across the Province
Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador are encouraged to receive the seasonal influenza vaccination. Combined with regular hand washing, the flu shot is the most effective protection against influenza viruses.
“A new influenza vaccine is made available each year to protect against new strains of the virus, so getting the flu shot annually is recommended,” said Dr. Faith Stratton, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Newfoundland and Labrador. “Immunization against the flu is important because it prevents many people from becoming sick and reduces the risk to themselves and others.”
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the influenza vaccine is provided at no cost for individuals at high risk for complications from influenza, including:
This year’s seasonal influenza vaccination protects against three types of influenza, including two types of influenza A, and one influenza B. It is recommended to receive the flu shot early before the peak period for influenza cases from December to April.
Influenza is a common, and highly contagious, respiratory disease. Symptoms of the flu typically include rapid onset of cough, fever, headache, chills and general body aches and pains. Although most people recover fully from influenza, it may lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and has the potential to be life-threatening.
“In addition to receiving a flu shot, practicing the simple rule of Clean, Cover and Contain is recommended to help prevent the spread of influenza,” said Dr. Stratton. “It is important to thoroughly wash your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and to stay home when sick.”
Those wishing to be vaccinated should watch for local announcements or contact their local public health office or a family physician for information on clinic schedules. For further information on the seasonal influenza vaccination, individuals can also contact the Regional Health Authority in their area.
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Department of Health and Community Services
2011 10 14 1:45 p.m.