Flu shots will be available in Eeyou Istchee starting on November 1st, 2021 and are recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. COVID-19 vaccination does not protect you from the flu. Consider getting your flu shot to continue protecting yourself, one another, and the healthcare system.
Protecting ourselves and one another from the flu is more important than ever. With flu season fast approaching, there is concern about a “twindemic” – an overlap of the annual flu season and an increase of COVID-19 cases this fall and winter. Vaccination will help protect our communities and preserve our healthcare system.
The flu and COVID-19 are different diseases, so they need different vaccines.
The flu and COVID-19 are both respiratory infections that are caused by viruses that spread through water droplets when someone speaks, sneezes, or breathes. They have similar symptoms, but are different diseases and are caused by different viruses. This means that different vaccines are needed to prevent them.
Did you know?
If someone with COVID-19 also gets the flu, they are more likely to spread infection through flu symptoms like coughing and sneezing.
Anyone can get the flu – and it can be serious. In Canada, about 3,500 people die from the flu (influenza) every year, and over 12,000 people are hospitalized for it. You can help your community to fight flu this year by getting your annual flu shot. The flu shot is safe and recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
The flu shot protects you and those around you from the flu.
The flu shot is your best protection against the flu and its complications, like pneumonia, ear or sinus infections, severe dehydration, or making any chronic medical conditions that you already have worse (diabetes, heart failure, asthma, etc.). These complications can become severe and lead to hospitalization in some vulnerable people like Elders, people with chronic diseases, pregnant women and young babies, and people with weakened immune systems.
When you decide to get vaccinated against the flu, you are less likely to get infected and less likely to spread the virus to those around. This greatly helps protect everyone around you, especially those who are vulnerable and could experience complications.