Newfoundland Health Care
Seasonal influenza, or "the flu," is a serious respiratory infection of the airways and lungs that can spread easily from person to person. There are two types of influenza viruses that cause outbreaks each year: Influenza A and B.
If you have mild influenza-like symptoms, but are otherwise healthy, stay home to avoid infecting others and treat the symptoms. You can return to normal activities when you have no more symptoms. If you are pregnant, have underlying health problems or your symptoms get worse, contact your healthcare provider for advice or call Newfoundland and Labrador Health Line - 811 or TTY - 1-888-709-3555 or visit the 811 Healthline website
You can play a role in staying healthy and preventing the spread of influenza. To protect yourself and others from influenza, remember to Clean, Cover, and Contain and follow these simple steps:
Encourage others to follow these simple steps. If you have children, be a good role model. Teach them to count to 20 while washing their hands and show them how to cover up when they cough or sneeze.
Influenza vaccine is provided for all members of the public aged 6 months of age and older free of charge. However, it is especially important that some people get vaccinated, including those who are at high risk of serious illness from the flu and those able to transmit or spread influenza to those at high risk. People at risk of serious illness from influenza
Inactivated influenza vaccine: These vaccines are made of killed influenza viruses. It is approved for those 6 months of age and older. This vaccine is given by injection. For more information, consult your public health nurse or health care provider.
Live attenuated vaccine (Flumist): Flumist is made from weakened influenza viruses. It is given as an intranasal spay into both nostrils. It is approved for those individuals 2 to 59 years of age. For more information, consult your local public health nurse or healthcare provider.
Yes. You cannot get influenza from the vaccine. In Canada, vaccines undergo rigorous testing and licensing procedures with the Federal government.
Reactions that do occur are usually mild and may last a day or two. You may experience:
Contact the public health office in your area or discuss with your healthcare provider.
Yes. Each year there is a new vaccine to protect against the influenza virus strains that are expected in the coming influenza season. The seasonal influenza virus changes often, therefore it is necessary to get a seasonal influenza immunization every year. This will provide protection against the new virus strains that may be circulating that year.