Get a Flu Shot
It’s flu season! Protect yourself and your loved ones.
If you have not yet received your flu shot, it’s not too late. There are many options available for residents to receive their flu shot this year.
Book an appointment online through Health Myself.
You can also book an appointment by calling toll free at 1-833-951-3904.
If you have missed the public health flu clinics in your area, you can contact your local public health office or 1-844-784-6783 to schedule an appointment (see contact information below).
If you are not easily able to leave your home to get a flu shot, you can receive a flu shot in your home. Please call 1-844-784-6783 or your local public health office to book a home visit (see contact information below).
Some doctors’ offices and pharmacies are offering flu shots. Please contact your doctor or local pharmacy for options in your community.
Getting a flu shot is important every year, and particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting vaccinated will help reduce the spread of influenza in our communities and help reduce the impact on the health care system if we do see a surge of people becoming ill from the COVID-19 virus.
Local Public Health Offices:
Deer Lake, 635-7830
Norris Point, 458-2211 ext 260
Cow Head, 243-7294
Port aux Basques, 695-6250
Port Saunders, 861-9126 ext 6
St. George’s, 647-3851
Stephenville Crossing, 646-3633
Corner Brook, 632-2830
Woody Point, 453-2268
We ask that you do not arrive too early for your appointment. Due to the need for physical distancing and to avoid unnecessary wait times, individuals are not able to enter the clinic until 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment.
You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the clinic and required to wear a mask. When you enter the clinic you will check in with the registrar and may be asked to take a number. Most clinics have multiple immunizers, and several people booked for the same appointment time. Taking a number helps the nurse quickly identify who is next to be immunized.
Please bring your MCP card and wear short sleeves when coming to your flu shot appointment.
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Influenza is a severe respiratory infection caused by influenza A and B viruses and is commonly referred to as "the flu." The symptoms, although cold-like, are far more serious and can include the sudden onset of headache, chills, fatigue, and cough accompanied with body aches and fever.
Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza.
WHO SHOULD GET A FLU SHOT?
Everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador 6 months old and above should get a flu shot.
Public Health is recommending everyone get the flu shot, especially those people at high-risk of flu-related complications, including:
· Adults 65 years old and above;
· Anyone with a chronic medical condition;
· Residents in nursing homes, long-term care homes, and personal care homes;
· Health care workers;
· Care providers for children under the age of 5;
· Workers providing care in closed facilities such as correctional facilities; and,
· Pregnant women.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE FLU?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by many viruses. It affects the nose, throat and lungs.
· High fever;
· Aches and pains;
· Extreme fatigue and weakness;
· Runny or stuffy nose;
· Coughing and chest discomfort; or,
· Sore throat.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM THE FLU?
Most people recover from the flu in 5 to 7 days.
If you have the flu, please stay home. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of clear liquids.
You can speak to your health care provider or call 811 to get advice on what you can do to manage your symptoms or whether you need to seek additional medical care.
For some people, the flu can be serious. If you’re in one of the high-risk groups, please monitor your symptoms.
If your symptoms get worse or your symptoms last a long time, please speak to your health care provider.
Possible complications of the flu include pneumonia, worsening of chronic conditions, or death.
HOW CAN I PREVENT MYSELF FROM GETTING THE FLU?
To avoid getting and spreading the flu:
· Get the flu shot;
· Wash your hands frequently;
· Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow;
· Stay home if you are sick;
· Limit contact with other people while you are sick;
· Limit contact with others who are sick;
· Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth;
· Don’t share utensils, bottles, cosmetics; and,
· Disinfect surfaces regularly like taps, doorknobs and countertops