Resources for Flu Season: Get your shot today!

Flu season is upon us. Here’s what Vancouverites need to know.

As part of Queens City Hall in Your Borough, the Health Department hosted an event with Senator Leroy Comrie today at the Queens Central Library in Jamaica to promote the flu vaccine to all residents, especially the Black community.

It will take place on the second floor of the Police Department Thursday from 3pm-5pm.

Those at highest risk include people over 65 years of age, children under five years of age (especially those under two years old), persons with chronic medical conditions including weakened immune system, and pregnant women.

It is a first come, first served basis.

"We're not in flu season yet but if you are a vulnerable older person living on your own and you're anxious about getting the flu with no one to look after you, not getting the jab would play on your mind and we don't want patients to be anxious", she said. Not only is it beneficial for your own health to get the flu shot, but it is beneficial for society as a whole.

One thing experts do know is that getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent infection, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to get vaccinated before the virus starts spreading throughout the population.

"Usually, flu strains that circulate up here begin by circulating in the Southern Hemisphere", he said.

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And for those tired about a flu shot because they still contracted the virus, Newhouse said there are still benefits.

"This year people over 65 will be offered the best vaccine available anywhere in the world", the spokesman said.

"Many people might conclude that if you are exposed to a virus and you don't get sick, it's because the virus didn't stick or it was so weak, it just passed right through your system and your system didn't notice".

"If a pregnant woman catches flu it can cause severe complications to mother and baby; one quick, simple, vaccination will help to protect her and will also give added protection to her baby during their first months of life".

When in stock, Tran also stated that Walgreens Pharmacy made getting vaccinated a simple process.

While it is still possible to get a strain of the flu after being vaccinated, it's not a very common occurrence. This stops air droplets from carrying the virus into other people's airways which is the predominate form of transmission. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine, says the CDC. You'll probably feel weak and exhausted, and have a fever, dry cough, runny nose, chills, muscle aches, severe headache, eye pain, and a sore throat. I know it wasn't from the shot because outside of the live attenuated nasal spray, all the other vaccines do not contain live virus. "In a high dose, there's only so much you can pack into a vaccine". Tankut says, "It's important to understand the preliminary symptoms of the flu", like coughing, runny nose, and fever, and stay home if they show up. The vaccine is intended for most adults, as well as children six months of age and older. "We are definitely higher than what we've seen for the average for this time of year". Wash your hands often throughout the day.

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