The start of October marks the beginning of the Flu Vaccination rollouts across the lower mainland.
With the span of cold and rainy weather in Metro Vancouver, the flu has come prematurely according to a local pharmacist.
“[Flu season starts] usually in the fall, once the weather starts to turn. But it has started already.” – Linda Tam, Pharmacist.
With the flu season officially underway, the Fraser Health Authority is set to begin rolling out the vaccine. Many places in the lower mainland will have the vaccine following the Thanksgiving weekend.
Tam warns people to get the shot, regardless of how they are feeling.
“It’s more to not only protect themselves, but to protect the people around them as well. Especially the elderly, they may not get [the flu] but they may have a spouse that is sick or having their grandchildren come to visit.”
Healthlink BC identifies seniors 65 years or older, pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy, children 6 months to less than 5 years of age, and indigenous people as “high risk” demographics for the virus.
The province of BC has also noted that those same demographics will be eligible for free vaccinations when they become available.
Below, we outline everything you need to know about the flu. (Information courtesy of the BC CDC)