The Flu (Influenza)

The Flu (Influenza)

The influenza season is approaching, and Island Health's public health teams are working with primary care providers and pharmacists to make vaccines available in our communities. Getting a flu shot is particularly important this year, not only for influenza prevention, but also to stay healthy while COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities.

This year, getting a flu shot will be different, as teams ensure that precautions around physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and screening for symptoms are in place. 

Seasonal influenza, often called the flu, is a serious, infectious and contagious respiratory illness. You can spread the flu 24 hours before showing any symptoms, and five to seven days after symptoms begin. Learn more about the flu 

 

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