Aching muscles, a pounding headache and running nose .. just some of the signs that you may have caught the flu virus. The infection of the upper airway is one of the most common fall and winter viruses, easily transferred from human to human through coughing, sneezing or face-to-face contact.
People 65 years and older are especially susceptible to complications from influenza, the most common of which is pneumonia, so it’s especially important for older adults to take precautions in preventing the virus. Flu complications, which can sometimes be fatal, are more likely to affect people with heart, lung or other health issues. The government of B.C. strongly recommends older adults be vaccinated in early October, before flu season starts in order to give their bodies time to build immunity. Free flu vaccinations will be provided at clinics and in other public spaces throughout the province starting in the month of October.
On Thursday November 9, 2017 Opal by Element will be offering a Flu Clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come see us on that date in the Upper Shops at City Square mall located at 130-555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver.
Once flu season is in full swing, the following flu-prevention tips are recommended by Healthlink BC:
-Coughing and sneezing into your shirt or sleeve instead of your hand
-Staying home when you’re sick
-Throwing used tissues away as soon as you are finished with them
The inactivated flu vaccine provided by Opal by Element and clinics throughout the province of B.C. is safe, and though some believe that it can cause the flu, that is actually a misconception. The most common reaction to the inactivated flu vaccine is swelling, redness and soreness at the site of the injection which can last one to two days. If you’re receiving the vaccine for the first time you may also experience fever, headache and sore muscles within two days after you receive the shot.
Although most of us don’t love being injected with needles and don’t look forward to the flu shot’s side effects, keep in mind: those symptoms are far less severe than those of the flu!
For more information about influenza prevention, visit healthlinkbc.ca