Search For
 

 
 

Profile home
Add as contact
Send private message

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Flu Season
by Regional Health Authority, 10/17/2011 12:32:32 PM
 

It’s Flu Season….

 

Brandon RHA Mass Flu Clinics Starting October 15th

 

 

 

Get the shot, not the flu and protect yourself against H1N1 at the same time.

 

 

 

This year the annual seasonal flu shot is available to all Manitobans at no charge.  It will offer protection against H1N1 and two additional seasonal flu strains. Flu shots are the best defense against influenza infection and illness and are recommended annually.

 

 

 

“It contains three viruses that are selected every year by the World Health Organization based on what’s been circulating around the globe,” says Jodie Gompf, Immunization Coordinator with the Brandon Regional Health Authority (Brandon RHA). “That’s why it’s important to get it every year because it’s always changing based on what’s been circulating.”

 

 

 

This year the Brandon RHA will be offering mass clinics with extended hours to make it more convenient for people.  (Please see box insert for dates, times and location).  In addition to the seasonal flu shot Manitobans over the age of 65 or those with a chronic illness should also get a pneumococcal shot at the same time. This protects people from such illnesses as pneumonia, respiratory infections, coughs and colds.

 

 

 

Gompf says people often confuse the flu shot with protecting them from the stomach flu and the common cold, which is much different from influenza. Influenza is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. You may become quite ill and be “flat out on your back for one to two weeks” with fever, chills, aches and pains. That is why it’s important to protect yourself, your family and your community.

 

 

 

“Someone could sneeze and touch the door and you follow behind them and touch the door and then you go and shake hands with someone who takes that home to a newborn baby.  It’s the roots of transmission that people don’t often think of,” says Jodie Gompf.

 

 

 

Often people shy away from getting the flu shot because they think they may get sick from the shot. But Gompf say that it’s not possible because the vaccine does not contain a live virus.  Most common side affects that people may experience are redness, swelling and maybe a few aches and pains.  If they do get sick it’s more than likely something was starting before they were vaccinated.  Vaccines are known to be very safe.  It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get the flu.

 

 

 

An annual flu shot is especially important for those at increased risk of serious complications from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts.

 

 

 

 

 

This includes:

 

 

 
 
     
  • seniors age 65 or older
  •  
  • children age six months to four years
  •  
  • those with chronic illness
  •  
  • pregnant women
  •  
  • people who are severely overweight or obese
  •  
  •  
    health care workers and first responders
  •  
  • individuals of Aboriginal ancestry
 

      

 

 

 

Remember to bring your Manitoba Health Card when you come for your flu shot.  You can also go online and download the consent form, complete it and bring it with you to save time.  You can access the consent form by visiting this website. http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/flu/docs/flupneumo_consentform.pdf

 

For more information contact Public Health at 578-2522. 

 

 

 

 

 

Flu Clinic Dates

 

 

 

Saturday, October 15th

 

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

 

October 18, 19, 20

 

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Saturday, October 22

 

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

These flu clinics will all take place at the Nurses Residence Gym at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, at 150 McTavish Avenue East.

 

 

 

Free parking will be available on these dates in the front lot.

 

 

 

 


Click to e-mail this to a friend

Filed under: Health,  Flu Clinics

My Recent Entries

 PMH Travel Health Clinic
 Not So Happy Holidays: Managing Holiday Stress and Holiday Blues
 Before you think only other swimmers drown, have a word with yourself
 Clara's Big Ride Rolls into Brandon
 April is National Oral Health Month
 Simply Cook and Enjoy! March is Nutrition Month
 Safe and Warm Shelter Update
 Mobile Clinic comes to Prairie Mountain Health
 Prairie Mountain Health Launches Flu Campaign in October
 Celebrating Mental Health Week, May 6-12th
 Spring Craving Change Workshops in former ARHA region
 Craving Change Workshops Coming Up

My Archives

 December, 2014
 June, 2014
 April, 2014
 March, 2014
 January, 2014
 September, 2013
 May, 2013
 April, 2013
 March, 2013
 January, 2013
 December, 2012
 October, 2012
 September, 2012
 August, 2012
 July, 2012
 June, 2012
 January, 2012
 December, 2011
 October, 2011
 April, 2011
 February, 2011
 October, 2010
 August, 2010
 July, 2010
 May, 2010

Recently Updated Blogs by Other Members