The seasonal influenza vaccination is available throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, the Department of Health and Community Services announced today.
A news release notes that, combined with regular hand washing, the flu shot provides the best protection against the influenza virus.
“Although good nutrition and exercise contribute to your overall health and well-being, these alone will not protect you from the influenza virus,” said Dr. Faith Stratton, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Newfoundland and Labrador.
“The influenza vaccine is safe and the most effective way to prevent the spread of influenza and to reduce complications caused by the virus.”
The influenza vaccine is recommended, and provided free of charge, for individuals at high risk for complications from influenza, including:
• Adults and children with chronic conditions requiring regular medical or hospital care such as respiratory disorders, cardiac disease, renal disease, metabolic disorders, mobility impairment, severe obesity, and immunosuppression;
• People in residential care, including residents and staff;
• Persons age 60 and over;
• Children age six to 59 months of age;
• Pregnant women, particularly those in their third trimester;
• Aboriginal people;
• Health-care workers including those in community or chronic care facilities;
• Household contacts of people at high risk of influenza complications;
• Essential service workers (e.g. police, ambulance, firefighters); and,
• People working with live poultry and swine.
It is recommended that people receive the seasonal influenza vaccination before flu season begins. The season usually runs from December to April. This year’s flu shot protects against three types of influenza, including two types of influenza A, and one influenza B.
Information on specific flu shot clinics is available from public health offices, family physicians, and the regional health authority office in your area.