The Metropolis of Lengthy Seaside has free flu vaccination clinics – The Sign Tribune newspaper

The city urges residents to get a flu shot in the event of a COVID-19 pandemic.

Moncton’s Health Department is offering access to flu vaccines for the coming season by hosting several free flu vaccination clinics for those without health insurance or those whose health care providers do not offer flu vaccines.

“It is especially important that all residents get vaccinated before the upcoming flu season this year,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We must all do our part to protect ourselves and each other from the flu and COVID-19.”

The first major hospital of the year will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Veterans Stadium of Moncton City College. This auto clinic offers attendees a chance to get vaccines without getting out of their vehicle. Anyone 12 years of age and older can get the vaccine in one go. Families with children under the age of 12 are directed to a walk-in area. No appointment is required.

The clinics will be open on the following days and at the following times until November 21, 2020 or while supplies last:

• Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm at Moncton City College Veterans Stadium (5000 E. Lew Davis St.)
• Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm, Cabrillo High School (2001 Santa Fe Ave.)

The health department strongly recommends that anyone aged six months and over receive the flu vaccine each year, especially those with a health condition that can increase their risk of serious complications from the flu. According to the health department, the flu vaccine helps develop immunity and may lower the risk of respiratory illness, flu and COVID-19.

“The flu isn’t easy to take,” said Dr. Anissa Davis, city health officer. “Although most people who get the flu make full recovery with minimal medical intervention, other serious illnesses or deaths. This year, given the dual threat posed by COVID-19, it is especially important that everyone who gets vaccinated does so. “

For most people, flu symptoms can be similar to COVID-19 symptoms and include fever, chills, pain, and cough, while for others, the flu can be fatal. Influenza vaccinations are especially important for those at high risk for serious flu complications, including:

• Infants from six months.
• Those 60 years and older.
• Pregnant woman.
• Caregivers for the elderly or young children.
• People with chronic underlying diseases such as diabetes or chronic heart, lung, kidney or liver disease.
• People with a weakened immune system, e.g. B. People with HIV / AIDS and people on dialysis or receiving cancer treatment.
• In addition to the free neighborhood flu vaccination clinics, individuals can see their doctor or pharmacist for a flu shot. Residents can also make an appointment for a flu shot at the Health Department by calling (562) 570-4315 during regular business hours. A small administration fee will be charged at the time of the appointment.

The health department also recommends that everyone practice healthy habits to prevent them from getting or spreading the flu by:

• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you are sick, stay home from work or school.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with influenza viruses.
• If you have the flu, take antiviral medication as prescribed by a doctor.

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