Influenza, also called the flu, is an infection of the upper airway caused by an influenza virus. Symptoms can include fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, or cough. Every year there is a period of time (flu season) where there are outbreaks of the flu. Influenza vaccines can protect against the viruses that cause influenza.
–from Influenza (Seasonal Flu) on HealthLinkBC
The FNHA would like to help you make informed decisions about how to prevent illness personally as well as in your family and community. The flu season can be especially risky for our Elders, young ones and those with health challenges, so we would like share practical and clinical tips to support you and your Community’s health and wellness.
Flu Prevention Dialogue One (radio ad)Flu Prevention Dialogue Two (radio ad)
Influenza vaccines are safe and are recommended as the best way to prevent the flu. The peak of the influenza season is typically November to April; for the best protection, get your flu shot as early as possible. When you get your flu immunization, you help protect others as well by reducing the spread of the flu virus in your community.
Flu season is typically November to April each year (FNHA fact sheet)Protect yourself and loved ones – Get the flu shot! (video)
In addition to the getting immunized for flu, good personal hygiene, including good hand washing, will help keep you healthy. If you do find yourself sick with flu-like symptoms, you can help protect others from getting ill by staying home and resting, drinking plenty of fluids and managing your symptoms.
Prevent Illness by Washing Your Hands (FNHA poster)Share Traditions, Not the Flu (Government of Canada poster)
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever to get immunized against the flu. If you have never gotten a flu shot before, this is the year to consider getting one, to protect yourself, those around you and your community.
If you start to feel unwell, it can be hard to determine if you are sick because of the flu virus or the coronavirus, because the flu and COVID-19 have some of the same symptoms. These common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, headache and fatigue.
Although both of these viruses can make you feel very sick, the flu vaccination does not protect you from COVID-19. For information about protecting yourself from COVID-19, the FNHA’s COVID-19 information for First Nations individuals.
Free flu vaccines for BC First Nations Individuals at home and away from home are available at health centres and nursing stations. You can also get flu shots in physicians’ offices or pharmacies.
To find a clinic near you, go to the BC Flu Clinic Locator (Immunize BC).
Influenza Vaccine Log 2020-21 Influenza Immunization Annual Record 2020-21 without chronic conditionsInfluenza Immunization Annual Record 2020-21 with chronic conditionsInfluenza Immunization Record Pneumovax 23
For information about documenting immunizations in Panorama, see First Nations Panorama Program.
The BCCDC Immunization Manual: Part 4: Biological Products (Vaccines & Immune Globulins) is your decision support tool when providing influenza vaccines to Community Members.
For updated Guidance for Influenza Vaccine Delivery in the Presence of COVID-19, see Contents & Introduction in the BC Immunization Manual
Foundations of Influenza: Diseases and Vaccines (Learning Hub)Seasonal Influenza Updates (Learning Hub)
For more Influenza Virus and Respiratory Syncytial Virus training resources, please contact the FNHA Immunization Program.
To speak with a Registered Nurse at any time, call 8-1-1.