Flu shot season begins

10/5/2011

It's that time of year again, flu shot season!

Already clinic dates and times are being set for Kelowna residents to get their shots which will help prevent them from becoming severely sick from the flu.

Flu Coordinator Joey Willis says the shots help keep our community healthy.

"Flu shots are important.  Each year we know that there is a different strain for virus, and the flu shots are effective for 70% - 90% of children and adults to prevent the flu."

She says residents should visit the Interior Health website for further details.

"We have several community based clinics that will be starting October 24.  The vaccines are being distributed to physicians and pharmacists this week.  Really what we look at is getting your flu shot near the end of October.  Our flu season runs pretty much from December through to March.  So we want to make sure you have immunity prior to that peak of the season."

Last year, over 145,000 seasonal flu shots were provided free of charge to those at risk of complications from the flu.

Wendy McLeod - Kelowna

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