Don't go viral, Burnaby; get a flu shot!: Fraser Health

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It's widely accepted that the flu and the torrent of uncomfortable symptoms that come with it are to be avoided at all costs. Local public health units are also available to give the flu shot.

The clinics are open to kids from six months to six years old, as well as their siblings and caregivers.

"For healthy people, having the flu means a few days of feeling miserable, but for young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, it can lead to a severe illness involving a hospital stay or even death", said Vancouver Coastal Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Meena Dawar in a statement.

It's free for all children between six months and five years old, seniors 65 years and older, pregnant women, Indigenous people and individuals with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.

People who work or live with people who have a higher risk of complications from the flu, and visitors to health care facilities are also eligible for a free vaccine.

But be prepared to get poked with a needle, since the FluMist intranasal version of the vaccine won't be available in Canada this year because of a global shortage caused by a shortage of the active ingredient, according to the Drug Shortages Canada website.

Flu shots are now available at your doctor's office, walk-in clinics, public health-led flu clinics and Urgent Primary Care Centres.

All B.C. health authorities require their staff, students, volunteers and physicians to get immunized or wear a mask while at work during the flu season.

Those most susceptible to the flu virus, such as the very young or the very old, can suffer added complications like bacterial pneumonia.

For a handsome sum of up to $3,300, 80 adult participants across four research facilities will receive a nasal spray with the virus and spend at least one week at an inpatient facility until they've stopped "shedding" the virus - that is, potentially infecting other people.

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