At Lock’s Pharmacy, we are committed to your health by offering flu shots. Don’t risk your wellbeing during the flu season. Getting your flu shot will ensure that you are protected from the influenza virus. It will also reduce your risk of spreading the flu as well as the risk of other infections. We offer free flu shots as well as pneumonia vaccinations for eligible clients. Call us to see if you qualify. We also provide hepatitis A and B immunizations for a nominal fee, as well as offer prescription refills in Chilliwack for your convenience. Visit Lock’s Pharmacy to book your flu shot today.
What is the flu?
The flu, or influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory disease affecting the nose, throat and lungs. The symptoms for it last for about 7 to 10 days. Unlike the common cold, it’s a serious infection that can gravely affect infants, seniors and people with previous medical conditions that might affect their immune system.
How does it spread?
The flu spreads through droplets dispersed by infected individuals through sneezing, coughing, touching, or just talking. These droplets can lead to infecting other people from as far as six feet away. You can also get infected by coming into contact with surfaces and objects that were in contact with an infected individual, such as glasses, utensils, toys, etc. The flu can also spread before an infected individual shows signs of the flu and after their symptoms are gone.
How can you prevent the flu?
The Public Health Agency of Canada says that taking flu shots and getting vaccinated each year in the late fall is the best way to prevent the flu. Other important practices are ensuring proper hygiene, washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face, sanitizing surfaces and objects regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Who should take the annual flu shot?
Every Canadian over the age of 6 months should get the flu shot every year, no matter how healthy they are. Children between 6 to 23 months, seniors aged 65 and above, pregnant women, health care workers and those with chronic diseases that impair their immune systems should especially make sure to get their annual shots.
Who should NOT take the annual flu shot?
However, there are few exceptions. These are: