Got your flu shot yet? If you missed the clinics last month, you’re in luck. Another free flu shot clinic will be held in Kimberley tomorrow, November 8, 2012 at Centennial Hall from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Public Health Nurse Terri Fergus says anyone who is eligible for publicly funded (free) flu vaccine and who hasn’t had their flu shot yet is invited to attend.
The list of those eligible for free shots is quite extensive.
People 65 years and older and their caregivers/household contacts
All children age 6 to 59 months of age
Household contacts and caregivers of infants age 0 to 59 months of age
Children and adults with chronic health conditions and their household contacts
Children & adolescents (6 months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods of time with Aspirin® or ASA and their household contacts
Residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities
Pregnant women who will be in their third trimester during influenza season and their household contacts (pregnant women who are in other high risk groups can be immunized at any time during the pregnancy)
People who are very obese (BMI > 40)
Health-care and other care providers in facilities and community settings who are capable of transmitting influenza disease to those at high risk of influenza complications
People who provide essential community services (First Responders, Corrections Workers)
Inmates of provincial correctional institutions
People who work with live poultry and/or swine
Individuals who provide care or service in potential outbreak settings housing high risk persons (e.g., crew on ships)
In addition to the flu shots, representatives from other programs offered at the Kimberley Health Centre will also be at Centennial Hall that day to offer information and health checks. There will be blood sugar and blood pressure testing, as well as lung age assessment and smoking cessation information. Nurses from the Congestive Heart Failure Program, Primary Health Care, and Home Support will be on hand as well as a dietician and respiratory therapist.
For more information, contact the Kimberley Health Centre at 250-427-2215.