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