Flu shot clinics start Oct. 12

Public health nurses are off and jabbing as they began doling out flu vaccinations this month.

The shots contain three flu strains, including H1N1, and are available free of charge to those who qualify.

In Kamloops, flu clinics are scheduled to start on Thursday, Oct. 20, and run until Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

The vaccination is free of charge for people 65 and older as well as their caregivers and household contacts; anyone with chronic health conditions and their home contacts; children from six months of age to 18 years treated long term with acetylsalicylic acid and household residents; aboriginal people; children from six to 23 months; very obese adults; caregivers and people living with infants up to 23 months of age; pregnant women in their third trimester during flu season and the people they live with; residents in nursing homes and other chronic care facilities; health care providers; inmates and staff in correctional institutions; and people who work with poultry or swine.

Drop-in flu-shot clinics in Kamloops are being held at the Alliance Church, 233 Fortune Dr., on Oct. 20-21, and Nov. 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way, on Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sahali Centre Mall on Nov. 7, 18 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Families with children can make appointments for shots at the public health unit, 519 Columbia St., for Nov. 14 and 28, Dec. 5 and 12 and Jan. 4, by calling 250-851-7300.

More information about clinics in the region as well as the Kamloops ones is available online at Interior Health's website at www.interiorhealth.ca. Or call public health at 250-851-7300.

Information is also available on the Immunize BC website at www.healthlinkbc.ca. You can also call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 to speak to a health care professional.

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