With winter setting up shop, it’s time once again to get your flu shot.
Interior Health is hosting a number of upcoming free flu clinics for those at risk.
Those at risk include:
• People 65 years or older and their caregivers or household contacts;
• People in residential care facilities;
• Children and adults with chronic health conditions and their household contacts;
• Kids six months to 18 years old with conditions treated for long periods of time with Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA) and their household contacts;
• Children and adults who are morbidly obese (adult BMI over or equal to 40; child BMI assessed as over or equal to 95th percentile);
• Aboriginal people;
• All children six to 59 months of age;
• Pregnant women and their household contacts;
• People who work with live poultry;
• Health care and other care providers in facilities and community settings who are capable of transmitting influenza disease to those at high risk for influenza complications;
• Individuals who provide care or service in potential outbreak settings housing high-risk persons (i.e. crews on ships);
• People who provide essential community services (i.e. first responders or correction workers);
• And visitors to health care facilities and other patient care locations.
If you fall into any of these categories, then you should call 250-365-4317 to book an appointment at the Castlegar Health Centre from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one of the following days:
• Wednesday, Nov. 15;
• Monday, Nov. 20;
• Wednesday, Nov. 22;
• Monday, Nov. 27;
• Wednesday, Nov. 29;
• Monday, Dec. 4.
Those not in the “at risk” group should visit their local pharmacy to get the shot, but we suggest you call ahead to make sure they have it in stock.