Clinics in the Trinity Conception region will begin administering flu shots on Oct. 21.
In a release issued on Oct. 11, Eastern Health will begin the dispensing of the influenza vaccine to community health offices and some community centres. For high-risk individuals, there will be no cost.
“Receiving the flu shot, combined with good hand hygiene practices, is the most effective way to help protect yourself from influenza viruses,” said Dr. David Allison, medical health officer for Eastern Health.
The seasonal flu immunization clinics target the groups who are at a high-risk of contracting the virus. Those who do not fall into the high-risk category are advised to access the flu shot through their family physicians.
Those in the high-risk group include:
• Persons of any age with chronic conditions that require regular medical or hospital care;
• Persons in residential car, nursing homes and other chronic care facilities;
• Persons age 60-and-over;
• Children age six months to four years, 11 months;
• Pregnant women who will deliver during the influenza season;
• Persons who are morbidly obese;
• Health care workers, including those in the community or chronic care facilities;
• Essential service workers, such as, but are not limited to police, ambulance personnel and firefighters;
• Aboriginal peoples;
• Household contacts of people at high-risk of influenza complications; and
• Poultry and swine workers.
“Eastern Health believes that population-based initiatives are a powerful means of preventing illness and keeping the people we serve health,” said Alice Kennedy, the vice president responsible for public health. “Providing these high-risk groups with easy access to the influenza vaccine is one way we can be proactive and limit the spread of illness in our communities.”
Residents in the Trinity Conception region who fall into either of the high-risk categories will find clinics at the following:
• Whitbourne — Eastern Health’s community health office on Nov. 4 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Nov. 25 (Noon – 7 p.m.);
• Heart’s Delight — Eastern Health’s community health office, Monday to Friday (Note: not a walk-in clinic, call for an appointment);
• Harbour Grace — Knights of Columbus (Carbonear) on Oct. 24 (Noon – 6 p.m.) and Nov. 25 (Noon – 6 p.m.)
• Bay Roberts — Lion’s Club on Oct. 29 (1 p.m. – 8 p.m.) and Nov. 8 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.); and
• Old Perlican — Eastern Health’s community health office, Monday to Friday (Note: not a walk-in clinic, call for an appointment).
The public is reminded to bring their Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Care Plan (MCP) card when visiting participating clinics.