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How to Avoid the Flu

November 14, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC

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How to avoid the flu

It pays to be aware of the serious consequences of getting the flu, especially if you or your family members are particularly vulnerable to the flu’s worst symptoms. There are many ways to protect yourself and others. Here are points to keep in mind for a healthy fall and winter.

  1. Get your flu shot. Influenza vaccine is safe, effective and free for many people in BC.  For a complete list of who is eligible for a free shot go here.
  2. Wash your hands…And wash them often! Frequent hand washing can help prevent the flu. For best results, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you follow this advice, you could have a flu-free year.
  3. Nobody wants the flu, but for vulnerable people, it can lead to very serious consequences. For people with heart or lung disorders, such as asthma, COPD, or cystic fibrosis, and other diseases, the flu can cause serious complications such as pneumonia. In some it may even cause death. Find out how you can protect yourself and your loved ones.
  4. The vaccine is recommended, safe and free for pregnant women at any stage of their pregnancy. Healthy pregnant women in the second half of their pregnancy are at greater risk of being hospitalized following the flu. Test your knowledge by taking I Boost Immunity’s ‘Pregnancy and the flu’ online quiz. Every question you get right will result in one vaccine being donated to UNICEF Canada.
  5. Influenza is dangerous for young children. Young children are more likely to be hospitalized as a result of influenza. Flu shots are covered for young children and are available from your family physician or local public health clinic. Find out more about the benefits of vaccinating children against the flu.
  6. Flu shots are available at a variety of locations. Local public health clinics, doctor’s offices, pharmacies (pharmacists can provide flu shots for those 5 years and up), community, or workplace clinics.
  7. Find your nearest flu clinic. Check ImmunizeBC’s flu clinic locator.
  8. Worried that you may get the flu from the flu shot? Don’t be. There are a number of misconceptions about the flu vaccine that can make some people hesitate to get vaccinated. Get the facts. Here is the low-down on some of these “urban myths”.
  9. What type of influenza will be going around this flu season? Here’s some information about which flu viruses are covered by this year’s flu vaccine.
  10. The weather has turned, and people will be spending more time indoors. Your immune system will do its best to protect you, but you can help your immune system do the best job possible! Find out how physical activity can boost your immune system and keep you healthy.

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