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Flu Vaccination

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A yearly flu shot is recommended in Canada for everyone 6 months and older.

Flu vaccines are available in Eeyou Istchee at all CMCs. Check local social media pages, tune into local radio, or contact your CMC to know when and where the flu vaccine is being given in your community. 

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The flu shot is important to stay well

Getting your flu shot every fall is important to keep yourself and your family well.  The flu season is expected to bounce back stronger than usual this fall and winter. This is because people will probably gather together more than they have done for the last two years. It is expected that flu season will start earlier than usual and will affect more people than it usually does. This was already seen in the Southern Hemisphere (Like Australia), since their fall and winter occur in different months than ours. 

The more people who get sick this year from the flu, the more stress it will put on our community’s essential services. When people are sick and cannot work, it affects everything from having enough staff for clinics, childcare centres, gas stations and grocery stores.  

When many people get sick with the flu, it also increases the risk to the people who are most vulnerable, who may need to be hospitalized or medivac-ed with severe symptoms. Getting a flu vaccine is one of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you from getting sick. 

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Influenza (flu) is a contagious lung disease caused by the influenza virus. This is a different virus than the one that causes COVID-19.

BOOST UP YOUR IMMUNIZATIONS TO STAY PROTECTED AGAINST BOTH COVID-19 & FLU

The flu and COVID-19 are two different viruses, so to protect yourself against both, you need both the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine. The flu shot does not protect you from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination does not protect you from the flu.  

One shot in each arm provides us the best protection - one COVID-19 booster dose and one flu vaccine. Remember, it is important to stay up to date according to Public Health recommendations.

Tips for vaccination day

· Wear a shirt with short sleeves 

· Only come with family members that wish to get the vaccine 

· Please postpone your appointment if you are sick with flu or COVID-19 symptoms 

· Please bring your health card if possible (even if expired) 

 

Other ways to keep the circle of protection strong

  • Wear masks when gathering with others indoors 

  • Wash your hands frequently 

  • Be selective about what large gatherings you want to attend  

  • Stay home when you feel sick  

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