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Flu Vaccine Clinics 2018-19

 

Eastern Health is offering the flu vaccine at various locations including community health offices across the region.






Seasonal influenza vaccine is now available at no cost to any member of the general public ages six months and older. The flu vaccine protects against four strains of the influenza virus, including H1N1.

It is recommended to get the flu vaccine in the fall or early winter to give your body time to build up immunity before ‘the flu’ begins to circulate.

Eastern Health encourages all individuals six months of age and older to get the flu vaccine, especially those who are at increased risk for complications from influenza, and those capable of transmitting influenza to individuals at high-risk.

Influenza high-risk groups include:

People at high risk of influenza-related complications or hospitalization:

  • All pregnant women*.
  • Adults and children with the following chronic health conditions: 
    • cardiac or pulmonary disorders (including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis and asthma);
    • diabetes mellitus and other metabolic diseases;
    • cancer, immune compromising conditions (due to underlying disease, therapy or both);
    • renal disease;
    • anemia or hemoglobinopathy;
    • neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions**;
    • morbid obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40);
    • children and adolescents (age 6 months to 18 years) undergoing treatment for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid, because of the potential increase of Reye's syndrome associated with influenza.
  • People of any age who are residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities.
  • People >65 years of age.
  • All children 6 to 59 months of age.
  • Indigenous and Aboriginal peoples.

People capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk:

  • Health care and other care providers in facilities and community settings who, through their activities, are capable of transmitting influenza to those at high risk of influenza complications.
  • Household contacts (adults and children) of individuals at high risk of influenza-related complications (whether or not the individual at high risk has been immunized):
    • household contacts of individuals at high risk, as listed in the section above;
    • household contacts of infants <6 months of age as these infants are at high risk of complications from influenza but cannot receive influenza vaccine;
    • members of a household expecting a newborn during the influenza season.
  • Those providing regular child care to children <59 months of age, whether in or out of the home.
  • Those who provide services within closed or relatively closed settings to persons at high risk (e.g., crew on a ship).

Others:

  • People who provide essential community services.
  • People in direct contact during culling operations with poultry infected with avian influenza.

* The risk of influenza-related hospitalization increases with length of gestation, i.e., it is higher in the third than in the second trimester.
** These include neuromuscular, neurovascular, neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental conditions and seizure disorders (and, for children, febrile seizures), but exclude migraines and neuropsychiatric conditions without neurological conditions.

Things to consider

  • Children between six months and nine years of age who are receiving the immunization for the first time will require two doses, at least four weeks apart.
  • Mass influenza immunization clinics are offered annually by community health offices throughout the region.
  • Pharmacists and family physicians also offer seasonal influenza immunizations on an individual basis.
  • Please bring your MCP Card and wear a short-sleeved shirt.

Learn more about Influenza


Flu Vaccine Schedule 2018-2019
The majority of Eastern Health’s clinics are walk-in, while some require an appointment. For more information, please refer to the flu vaccine schedule below or call the flu clinic line: 

  • 709-752-7850 (St. John’s and surrounding areas)  
  • 1-877-925-2100 (toll-free outside St. John's)

NOTE: The Flu Vaccine Schedule may be revised frequently, please check back for updates.
 
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