Because of COVID, getting a flu shot this year may be more important than usual, for at least three reasons:
All of the precautions we took to avoid the coronavirus last year - masking, social distancing, not congregating indoors - resulted in far fewer people being exposed. While this is a good thing, less flu in the community meant a generally reduced level of natural immunity moving forward. The best way to protect yourself against any increased risk as we resume many normal activities is to get a flu shot.
The second reason is that many flu symptoms are similar to COVID, creating additional complications for you and your family if those symptoms require you to get tested and/or self-isolate.
Finally, because complications associated with the flu itself can cause some people to seek medical attention or even end up in hospital, flu shots can support our medical system in trying to resume normal screening and treatment. The cancellation of appointments and surgeries, and the backlog this has created, contributes to serious illness and even deaths indirectly related to COVID.
You can book your free shot at a City run clinic, including Mitchell Field, atwww.TPHbookings.ca for appointments after November 2. Flu shots are also being offered at many local pharmacies and family doctors' offices.