Tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 21), from 8 a.m. to noon, staff and students at the Campbell River campus of North Island College will have the opportunity to receive their seasonal flu shot in room A221, designated as the ‘Flu Clinic’ for the day.
Flu shots will be administered by a certified pharmacist, and are free for those deemed to be high-risk of serious illness from influenza.
That category includes children from six months to five years of age, pregnant women, seniors over 65, residents of residential care, assisted living or other group facilities, Aboriginal people, or children and adults with certain medical conditions, such as heart and lung disorders.
The shot is also free to those who provide essential community services, such as police officers, firefighters and ambulance attendants, or those who work with people at high-risk of complications due to the flu, such as daycare workers.
Flu shots can be received by anyone who possess a valid BC Care Card – for individuals who do not have a Care Card or are not eligible to receive the shot free of charge, the cost of the flu shot is $18, payable directly to the pharmacist.
The “Flu Clinic” at NIC is a “drop-in” clinic, though there are a few spots available to reserve on a sign-up sheet outside the clinic for those who require a specific time.
Any questions can be forwarded to Alex Borthwick (NIC phone extension 4221) or Sherri Wilson (extension 4220).