Flu shots are now available in Eeyou Istchee and are recommended each year for everyone age 6 months and older. Vaccination against both the flu and COVID-19 is our best tool to prevent severe illness and hospitalization.
Around the world, this year’s flu season is hitting earlier and harder than usual. One reason is that we are no longer following universal pandemic-related precautionary measures, like physical distancing and masking.
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 time of year.
Vulnerable people in our communities, like pregnant women, newborns, Elders, or people living with chronic diseases or a weakened immune system, are especially at risk of complications from the flu or COVID-19.
Vaccination will help protect our communities and preserve our healthcare system. It is our best tool for preventing severe illness, which can lead to hospitalization.
One shot in each arm will protect you and your loved ones this winter
If you are not up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccination, we encourage you to take the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu at the same time! COVID-19 vaccines will be available at flu vaccination clinics.
To find out more information about vaccination clinics in your community, tune into local radio, visit your local CMC Facebook page, or contact your CMC.
Stay informed about this year's flu vaccination campaign in your community
- call your clinic
- check your local FB page
- listen to your local radio
The most recent recommendation for COVID-19 vaccination is to get a booster dose every 5 months. Take our online questionnaire to see if you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccination.
A yearly flu shot is recommended in Canada for everyone 6 months and older. Flu vaccines are available in Eeyou Istchee at all CMCs. Check local social media pages and local radio for vaccination schedule updates. Or call your local clinic.
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 is why different vaccines are needed to prevent them. A COVID-19 vaccine does not protect you from the flu, and the flu shot does not protect you from COVID-19.
Get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19 to protect yourself and your community!