It’s that time of year again, flu season is upon us! The flu, or influenza is a common occurrence in the fall and winter months, and COVID-19 is still prevalent as well. However, you can ease your mind knowing Co-op pharmacies are equipped with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations to help you stay safe this season.
Flu and Covid-19 vaccines are now available at your local Otter Co-op pharmacy.
How to Book an Appointment
Appointments for public flu and COVID-19 vaccines are to be booked through the BC Get Vaccinated Booking System or by calling 1-833-838-2323. Invitations will be sent over the next several weeks by email, text, or phone call to those who are registered. The first invitations will be sent by priority groups starting with people at risk of serious illness, chronic health conditions, people 65 years and older, and healthcare workers.
Do your part to protect yourself, your family, and your community by getting vaccinated.
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Who’s at Risk?
The flu, or influenza, is a common, contagious respiratory virus. Symptoms include sore throat, fever, nausea and fatigue. Most people get better after resting for a week or two, but in some cases, influenza can lead to hospitalization or death.
People with an increased risk of experiencing complications from the flu include:
• Young children
• Pregnant women
• Elderly patients
• People with respiratory illnesses (COPD and asthma)
• Cancer patients or others with compromised immune systems
• Those with diabetes
In these populations, getting the flu can be a matter of life or death. This is why it’s important for you to take preventative measures if you or someone you’re in close contact with is a part of these populations. Hand washing with soap and warm water can minimize the virus’s spread. Another way is getting an annual influenza vaccination, or flu shot.