In­fluenza vac­cine now avail­able

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - TRICOUNTY VAN­GUARD

All Nova Sco­tians older than six months of age are en­cour­aged to get a flu shot.

“Get­ting a flu shot is the safest and most ef­fec­tive way to pro­tect your­self and those around you from in­fluenza,” says Health and Well­ness Min­is­ter Randy Delorey. “The flu vac­cine is avail­able free of charge to all Nova Sco­tians and we en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get one.”

The sea­sonal flu vac­cine is now avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion please check with your fam­ily physi­cian, fam­ily prac­tice nurse, nurse prac­ti­tioner, phar­ma­cist or lo­cal pub­lic health of­fice.

It can take up to two weeks for the vac­ci­na­tion to pro­vide pro­tec­tion.

Nova Sco­tians are en­cour­aged to get vac­ci­nated in the com­ing weeks to see the full ben­e­fit be­fore flu season ar­rives, usu­ally around De­cem­ber.

“Ev­ery year in­fluenza causes se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions for many peo­ple,” says Dr. Gaynor Wat­sonCreed, deputy chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health.

“It’s im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to get im­mu­nized es­pe­cially those at high risk of in­fluenza re­lated com­pli­ca­tions and those who care for them.”

Adults over 65 years of age, chil­dren six months to five years of age, preg­nant women, Indigenous Peo­ples, and peo­ple with chronic med­i­cal con­di­tions are en­cour­aged to get a flu shot as soon as pos­si­ble to re­duce risk of de­vel­op­ing in­fluenza re­lated com­pli­ca­tions.

In ad­di­tion to the an­nual vac­cine, prac­tis­ing proper hy­giene is im­por­tant.

Hand wash­ing and cov­er­ing noses and mouths when cough­ing or sneez­ing is en­cour­aged to help pre­vent the spread of in­fluenza.

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