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Flu Vaccine

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Flu Prevention

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Cold, Flu or COVID-19

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Get ahead of the flu!

Please contact us for specific details about getting your flu shot. 

The most effective way to decrease complications and reduce the impact of the flu is to get a flu shot!

Health Canada recommends that everyone 6 months & older get the annual flu vaccine as soon as possible once it becomes available! Protective antibodies to the flu develop about two weeks after receiving the shot. Get your flu shot early so you are protected when the flu virus begins to spread in your community.

A flu shot is your best defence against the flu and can save lives by:

  • Protecting you & the people close to you.

  • Preventing you from getting very sick

  • Making you less likely to spread the flu.

With COVID-19 circulating in our communities, we will be taking the necessary precautions to make sure both you and our staff are well-protected during the time spent in our pharmacies. For these safety reasons, the flu shot process will be a little different this year. 

  • Appointments may be necessary during the beginning of the fu vaccine campaign to avoid long lines.

  • Staff and community members who aren’t feeling well, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have travelled the last 14 days, or have been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter the pharmacy.

  • You will be required to wear a mask/face covering.

  • Pharmacists will wear appropriate protective gear.

  • Surfaces and high-touch areas will be sanitized between appointments.

Why Get The Flu Shot?

Protecting Yourself & Others

The most effective way to protect yourself and others is by getting an annual flu shot.

There are also many other actions you can take to prevent getting & spreading the flu including:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

  • Don't touch your face, especially your mouth, nose & eyes.

  • Regularly clean & disinfect common surfaces 

  • Avoid crowds

  • Don't share personal items & drinks 

  • Support your immune system through healthy lifestyle choices such as staying physically active & eating healthy meals.

  • Take your multivitamins and vitamin C

  • Get enough sleep

  • Manage stress levels

Flu prevention Resources:

Symptom Comparison

It's easy to confuse cold, flu and COVID-19 symptoms because they can seem quite similar. We've gathered some resources that can help you understand more about the differences. 

Resources to Help Tell the Difference Between Flu & COVID-19

If you're unsure whether you have the flu or COVID-19, please speak to your healthcare provider or use the online provincial COVID-19 Self Assessment Tools

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Although the flu vaccine does provide protection from the flu, it is not 100% effective for everyone. If the vaccine closely matches the influenza virus strains that are circulating this year, then the flu shot can prevent the flu in about 40% to 60% of healthy people. However, this also means that even if you received the flu shot, there's still a chance that you may get the flu (but if you do, you may experience milder symptoms).

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For some people, the flu is a more serious infection and can lead to other illnesses such as pneumonia, sinus infection, bronchitis, or ear infection. It can also make existing medical conditions (like asthma or congestive heart failure) worse and increase the risk of hospitalization. For these high-risk people, it's important to get a flu shot every year to help prevent the flu and to recognize flu symptoms as soon as possible. 

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The flu is caused by the influenza virus. To treat viruses, medications that work against viruses must be used; these are called antiviral medications. Antibiotics, on the other hand, fight against infections caused by bacteria, which are different from viruses.

Herbal products have long been used to help treat illnesses, including flu infection and the common cold. Echinacea, ginseng, vitamin C, and zinc have been studied for their effects on flu infection. There is some evidence that some of these products may possibly help prevent or treat the common cold. Unfortunately, there is not enough evidence to support that any of these actually work to treat flu.