KELOWNA – With the onset of flu season, Interior Health is recommending people get an annual flu shot.
The agency says the inoculation is a safe, effective way to protect the public especially children, pregnant women, seniors and people with chronic illnesses.
“The best ways to help protect yourself and those around you from influenza are to get immunized, wash your hands frequently and to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue,” said medical health officer Dr. Moliehi Khaketla in a news release. “If you are sick, stay home and keep sick children away from daycares and schools.”
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Influenza is an infection of the airways, is highly contagious, and is spread from droplets from an infected person who sneezes or coughs.
This year’s vaccine offers protection against two influenza A viruses and one B virus.
Interior Health will begin public clinics for flu shots November 1st.
The shots are also available at many doctor’s offices, walk-in clinics and pharmacies.
During influenza season, visitors to hospitals and other IH facilities are required to wear a mask unless they’ve had a flu shot.