With flu season approaching, Fraser Health’s chief medical health officer is reminding Fraser Health residents that the flu shot is the best protection against the flu virus and its complications.
“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,” said Dr. Paul Van Buynder. “The flu vaccine is a safe and effective way to help people stay healthy, prevent illness, and even save lives.”
The flu season usually runs from November to April with an estimated 10-25 per cent of people infected each year.
A person can have the flu virus without knowing it, and pass it to someone who may become seriously ill. An estimated 400-600 Fraser Health residents, mainly seniors, die every year from complications of influenza infection.
Last year, more than 285,000 seasonal flu shots were provided free of charge to those at risk of complications from the flu.
Many physician offices and pharmacies provide vaccines free-of-charge to those who are eligible or at low cost. More information is available on the Immunize BC website at www.immunizebc.ca and the HealthLink BC website at www.healthlinkbc.ca. You can also call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 to speak to a healthcare professional.
The final Mission flu shot clinic will be Nov. 24 at Mission fire station one, 33330 Seventh Ave., 3 to 7 p.m.