With influenza season fast approaching, Vancouver Coastal Health is recommending people get a flu shot this year now more than ever.
On the North Shore, public health flu clinics will start vaccinating on Oct. 25, according to VCH.
Influenza is a virus which causes an infection of the upper airway and can include symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches and cough – all symptoms which can look similar to symptoms associated with COVID-19.
“To decrease your chance of needing a COVID-19 test or having to self-isolate, Vancouver Coastal Health highly recommends getting a flu shot,” stated a release from VCH.
Flu shots are recommended for everyone six months of age and older, according to the health authority. VCH is recommending everyone get one this year because the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu can look so similiar.
Getting a flu shot will look a little different this year. In an effort to promote physical distancing and reduce wait times to get a flu shot, people are encouraged to book an appointment to get vaccinated through vch.ca/flu.
Family doctors, walk-in clinics, pharmacies and urgent and primary care centres will still be providing flu shots this year, noted VCH.
Appointments at Vancouver Coastal Health public health clinics can be booked now. The three North Shore clinics are:
- West Vancouver flu clinic (at West Vancouver Community Centre) – 2121 Marine Dr.
- Parkgate flu clinic – 3625 Banff Court
- Lynn Valley flu clinic – 870 Lynn Valley Rd.
To find a full list of influenza vaccine providers on the North Shore and across the Vancouver Coastal Health region, click here.