Don’t wait to get armed against the flu

Did you know that influenza causes more deaths than any other vaccine-preventable illness in Canada?

Arm yourself against influenza – plan ahead and get your flu shot early. Doctors, pharmacies and Island Health Public Health Units will be providing free flu shots to people at high risk of complications from influenza, their close contacts, and many other eligible groups.  Free immunization clinics offered by Island Health’s Public Health Units will begin the first week of November.

For up-to-date information about Island Health’s Public Health flu clinic dates and times, Island residents can visit www.islandfluclinics.ca. This online tool allows you to search for clinics by date and/or location.

“Information on free public health vaccination clinic dates and times is also available on the Island Health website www.viha.ca/flu, and by phone,” said Dr. Dee Hoyano, Medical Health Officer for Island Health. “Planning ahead and getting your flu shot early is an important way to protect yourself and the people in your life who are vulnerable to complications of influenza.”

Most clinics are offered on a drop-in basis with no appointment necessary. Residents are encouraged to check ahead at www.islandfluclinics.ca for further details.  Please bring your CareCard or other government I.D. (valid driver’s license) to the clinic, and remember to wear a short-sleeved shirt.

Eligible individuals may also get their free vaccine from their doctor or pharmacy.

Telephone hotlines have been established for free Island Health Public Health clinic dates and times. For Campbell River & Area, call 250-850-2120.