Free Flu shot clinics are being offered in Shelburne County.
Flu shots are free of charge for all Nova Scotians. Community clinics are being offered by physicians, community pharmacies and Public Health Services starting this week.
Some of the Shelburne County clinics are scheduled for: Sobeys Barrington Passage (call 637-3541 for appointment) on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3 – 7 p.m.; on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1 – 5 p.m.; and on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 3 – 7 p.m.; Lockeport Fire Hall, (walk-in) on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 4 – 7 p.m.; and Shelburne at the TLC Pharmasave on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 3– 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 to 2 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 28 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Shelburne Public Health will hold a walk-in clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Shelburne Fire Hall.
The full schedule of community flu shot clinics in Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties is posted on the South West Health website.
Seasonal flu vaccine is also available from most family doctors, nurse practitioners and your local pharmacy. (Please note that pharmacists are not able to give the flu shot to children 4 or younger; however, they can vaccinate children 5 or older).
While the vaccine is recommended for all Nova Scotians, it is especially important for people at high risk of complications, including: people over age 65; healthy pregnant women; children between 6 and 59 months of age; people of any age who are residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities; aboriginal peoples; persons with morbid obesity (BMI>40); or adults and children with chronic health conditions, such as heart, lung or kidney disease, illnesses and medication that decrease immunity, diabetes and cancer. This also includes those who live with, or care for, people in high risk groups.
Flu symptoms often include sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat, but can lead to more severe illness such as pneumonia or even death.
Do not visit a vaccine clinic if you have a cough and fever. If you do get sick, remember:
• Stay home to avoid spread.
• Cough and sneeze into your sleeve.
• Clean your hands often.