Northern Health Urging You to Get Your Flu Shot

Flu season is upon us once again, and Northern Health is urging everyone to immunized.

Doctor Andrew Gray [pictured at left] -- the authority's Northern Interior Health Officer -- says every year in Canada, tens of thousands of people will be hospitalized for influenza, and a few thousand will actually die of the disease.

He says getting your flu shot is one of the best ways of cutting down your risk of contracting the illness.

"It's a virus that spreads quite easily, it's a virus that spreads before any symptoms are even visible, so the best ways to prevent influenza are regular hand-washing, staying home and avoiding contact with others if you are sick, but perhaps most important is actually to get the flu vaccine," said Dr Gray.

Northern Health's Regional Immunization Lead Nurse, Patricia Strim [pictured at right], says the Northern Health website has information on how and where you can get your flu shot.

"Clinics have already started in some communities, like Prince George and Terrace, in addition to the service being provided by pharmacists and physicians and health care professionals throughout the region; there are a couple of good resources online for finding the flu clinics nearest you, including Northern Health's website." 

Flu shots are free for some people -- including children from six months to five years of age, people 65 and older, pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions and/or compromised immune systems.

For a complete list, visit Northern Health's website --  www.northernhealth.ca"

You can also visit the BC Government's Immunize BC website http://www.immunizebc.ca/