Why Get the Flu Shot?
Many believe that getting the flu means that they will feel sick for just a few days. When in reality, it can be much worse than that. The flu vaccine can help to protect you from several strains of the flu, including Influenza A(H1N1), Influenza A(H3N2) and Influenza B. In fact, there are several important reasons why you should get the annual flu shot.
Protect yourself if exposed to the virus
Prevent strong symptoms of the flu
Reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others
Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
In Canada, it is recommended that most people above the age of six months should get the flu vaccination every year. Before getting the flu shot, we recommend first speaking with your pharmacist to ensure that there are no contraindications and that it is the best option for your health. For those who are at higher risk of complications from the flu, it is even more important that they consider getting the annual flu shot.
Those considered high-risk may include:
- Those with pre-existing health conditions, such as, but not limited to cancer, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, anemia, obesity, kidney disease, neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions, and children up to 18 years of age who are undergoing treatment for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)
- People aged 65 and older
- Nursing home or long-term care facility residents
- Children aged five and under
- Pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant
- Indigenous peoples
Speak with your local pharmacist if you are high-risk or have questions about the influenza vaccine.