Carol Boylan-Hartling, recreation co-ordinator for the town of Berwick, was one of a group of town employees to get a flu shot from Dr. Robin Bustin Oct. 23. The seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine, being offered at no cost again this year to all Nova Scotians, will protect against three strains of the seasonal influenza that are predicted to circulate this season, including H1N1. The vaccine is available in family practices, walk-in clinics, long-term care facilities, pharmacies and at some work sites. To find a location near you call 811 or visit the Doctors Nova Scotia or Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists website. Nancy Kelly-www.kingscounty.ca
It’s flu season, and Annapolis Valley Health is reminding area residents of the importance of getting their annual flu vaccination.
This year’s vaccine will protect against three strains of seasonal flu that are predicted to circulate, including H1N1. Flu shots are available at most pharmacies and at your family physician’s office. The flu shot, whether received from a care provider or pharmacist, is free for Nova Scotia residents under MSI.
For more information, contact your local health care provider or local pharmacy. In addition, several open flu shot clinics will be held in the Valley:
• Dr. Yury Stubeda’s office at Western Kings Memorial Health Centre, Berwick (walk-in) - Oct. 29, 30 & 31 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Mud Creek Medical Co-op, Wolfville (by appt. only – call 542-3663)
o Oct. 25, 3-4 p.m.
o Oct. 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
o Nov. 1, 3-4 p.m.
o Nov. 8, 3-4 p.m.
o Nov. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
o Nov. 15, 3-4 p.m.
o Nov. 22, 3-4 p.m.
o Nov. 29, 3-4 p.m.
In addition to getting a flu shot, there are other ways to prevent catching and spreading the flu:
• Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after a sneeze or cough. When soap and water are not handy, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are an acceptable alternative.
• Cover your cough and sneeze.
• Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth.
• Do not share drinking glasses, or eating utensils, water bottles, mouth guards, or cosmetics.
Visit http://novascotia.ca/dhw/flu/ for additional information about flu season and the flu vaccine.