Typical u season expected
Flu shots available through doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacies
The upcoming flu season shouldn’t be any busier than previous years, but northern Nova Scotia’s chief medical o cer of health is warning against complacency.
Dr. Ryan Sommers is urging people to get a free u shot this year, especially those in high risk categories, rst responders and health care workers.
“So far what we’ve heard from the expects around the country and those in other countries it looks as though we’re going to have the same type of u season as last year,” Dr. Sommers said. “Last year wasn’t too bad and we’re sort of hoping for and expecting a similar year this year.”
Nova Scotia has always had a good record of participation in u shot campaigns and Dr. Sommers is optimistic that record will continue into this year.
“It’s a safe and e ective vaccine in that it will protect recipients from getting the u virus and prevent others from getting the u from you,” he said. “In typical year we’ll see 30 to 35 per cent and in peak years up to 45 per cent will get the u vaccine.”
High risk groups include seniors, children from age six months to ve years, Indigenous people, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions and those who live with, or care for people in high-risk groups.
e H1N1 strain of the u is expected to return this year, but won’t have the impact it did several years ago when it attacked younger, healthier people and sent many scurrying for a flu shot. e main strain is expected to be the H3N2 strain that was here last year.
e u season typically begins in November and runs until mid to late April.
Flu symptoms often include fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny and stuffy nose, sneezing and a sore throat.
Flu shots are available through family physicians’ and nurse practitioners’ offices while most pharmacies also o er them.
Public Health flu clinics for children under age ve, expecting moms and their families in Cumberland County are set for Nov. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Jan. 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 18 South Albion St., Amherst.