As flu season kicks off, health experts are once again warning of a “twindemic.” But last year, influenza cases hit historical lows. So how important is it to get a flu shot during the pandemic?
Flu season is notoriously unpredictable. Last year’s season was mild during the pandemic, which was a relief because we had such high COVID case numbers. But many of us in the health field are now expecting flu case numbers to go up this year. And here’s why:
There are a lot more kids back in the classrooms this school year and many more families are gathering for holidays and events. Also, more businesses have reopened. More and more folks are traveling nationally and internationally. Lastly, with less exposure to the flu last year, there is more concern that many Canadians could have weaker natural immune defenses.
Now is the best time to get a flu shot. Most people who are older than six months can get the flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop. But for children under the age of 9, who are getting their first flu shot, they’ll need two doses that are four weeks apart. Vaccines usually take about six weeks for antibodies to develop. For some parents the decision is hard, knowing that children can be afraid of needles. If so, ask your pediatrician about ways to talk to your child before going to a clinic.
Flu Shot Clinics will be held at Whitevalley Community Hall on the following dates:
October 24th 2021: 12:00-6:00pm
October 27th 2021: 9:00-4:00pm
November 7th 2021: 12:00-6:00pm
To register please call the Lumby Health Centre At 250-547-9741
Prevent the spread of the Flu by booking your vaccine today.
A weekly feature for Lumby, Cherryville, and area seniors. For more information about any of the following please contact Lauralee or Jenny at (250) 547-8866 Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Office (250) 547-8866. Funding support provided by Interior Health, the Province of British Columbia (Community Gaming), United Way Southern Interior and United Way Lower Mainland.