Mind & Body

Health clinic offers flu shots

 | November 10, 2010

The Sun Peaks Health Centre is offering flu shots to the general public on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Hearthstone Lodge from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Morrisey Conference Room.

There will be a total of 70 shots available for those who want to get their flu shots for the season. The shot contains three influenza strains that will protect against three types of flu.

Residents who live between Heffley Creek and Sun Peaks are eligible to receive the free shots.

The flu shots are free to anyone who has a chronic health condition, a senior, a health care worker, an emergency responder, has a healthy child aged six to 23 months or have contact with a child from birth to 23 months, is in the third trimester of pregnancy or is a household contact of people at high risk. Anyone who is morbidly obese, is Aboriginal or owns and operates a poultry farm is also eligible for a free shot.

“If any, there’ll be a small charge (of the flu shot) for the general public,” said flu clinic coordinator Barb Brodie.

If you choose not to get the flu shot, Brodie recommends exercising proper safety precautions like washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your shirt sleeve instead of your hands, and staying home if you do get ill.

This is the eighth year of the Sun Peaks flu clinic. For more information on the vaccines or concerns about being vaccinated, contact Interior Health or your family doctor.