Central Health announces regional Influenza immunization program - 28/10/2016

 This vaccine is available at no cost to persons 6 months of age and older.

Influenza immunization clinics are walk-in and the public is reminded to bring their MCP card with them to the clinic. To view the 2016-2017 Regional Influenza Immunization Clinic Schedule and locations or for more information on influenza please visit Central Health's website at http://www.centralhealth.nl.ca/.  

 

 

Background:

 

This year's vaccine will protect individuals from the most common strains of influenza for the 2016-2017 seasons. This includes H1N1, H3N2 and two strains of a B virus.

 

The vaccine is most effective if taken in advance of the flu season, which typically runs from December to April each year. The public are encouraged to protect themselves and those around them from influenza by getting the vaccine before the flu season starts and further protect themselves and others against the flu and other flu-like viruses by adopting good infection prevention practices such as frequently washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or the crook of your arm when coughing or sneezing, cleaning surfaces regularly and staying home when sick.

 

The flu is a highly contagious, respiratory disease that is caused by a virus, and is easily caught and spread from person to person mostly by contact with respiratory droplets generated by an infected person coughing or sneezing. Symptoms typically include the sudden onset of headache, chills, cough, fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue, running nose, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation.

 

The public find more information on the signs and symptoms of influenza can be found by following this link:  Influenza