Get Your Vaccine, Not the Flu Says the BC Lung Association

Mid-October through November is the best time for immunization.

Vancouver Coastal Health Nurse Practitioner

It’s important to get your vaccine early because the flu vaccine becomes effective about two weeks after it’s administered, once the body generates antibodies to protect against the flu.

The vaccine provides protection for up to 12 months.

Everyone six months and older is recommended to get a flu vaccine. A flu vaccine offers the best defence available to protect against flu.

The Association also suggests those over 65 years of age get a pneumonia shot as well.

Anyone can get the flu, but some people are at greater risk for serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia, that can lead to hospitalization and even death.

This includes adults 65 years and older. This is because the body’s ability to fight illness drops as you age.

Over a normal flu season, one in 10 adults and one in 3 children will come down with the flu.

According to the Public Health Agency, between 2,000 and 8,000 people will die from pneumonia and other flu-related complications.

High risk groups

The Lung Association and health officials suggest everyone should get the shot, but especially seniors 65 years or older, residents of care homes, children under five, people with chronic illness, pregnant women, individuals of aboriginal ancestry and people who are severely overweight or obese. Care-givers and health-care givers are also urged to get their shot.

Where to get vaccinated?

See your doctor or pharmacist or visit www.bc.lung.ca for information about BC flu shot clinic locations.

 

 

 

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