TRURO – There are even more ways for residents to get their flu shots this year to help protect themselves and others from influenza.
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Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River MLA Lenore Zann got her annual flu shot thanks to pharmacist Sandeep Sodhi. Residents throughout Nova Scotia can get their flu shots from most pharmacists, as well as family doctors, family practice nurses, nurse practitioners and clinics offered by Public Health Services.
The flu shot is free for all Nova Scotians and, starting this year, is available from most pharmacists. As before, it continues to also be available from family doctors, family practice nurses, nurse practitioners and clinics offered by Public Health Services. Some employers are hosting their own clinics at workplaces as well.
“Immunization is a safe, simple, and effective way to protect yourself, your family, and others against the flu,” said Dr. Frank Atherton, Nova Scotia's deputy chief medical officer of health, in a press release. “We're pleased to have pharmacists joining family doctors, nurses and others to make it even easier for Nova Scotians to get the flu shot.”
While the vaccine is recommended for all Nova Scotians, it is especially important for people at high risk of complications including seniors, children aged six months to five years, Aboriginal people, pregnant women and anyone with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes. This also includes those who live with, or care for, people in high-risk groups.
Flu symptoms often include sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat, but can lead to more severe illness such as pneumonia or even death.
Proper hygiene, such as handwashing and covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, is also important to prevent the spread of influenza and many other infections. People with flu symptoms should stay home and minimize close contact with others. If they have questions, they can call 811 and speak to a registered nurse.
For more information on the flu, visit www.gov.ns.ca/flu.