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Protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza - Get vaccinated!

Protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza - Get vaccinated!

Protect yourself and your loved ones from influenza - Get vaccinated!
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VICTORIA - Each year, influenza kills more Canadians than all other vaccine-preventable illnesses combined. Today, Health Minister Terry Lake and provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall urge all British Columbians to arm themselves against influenza, and get vaccinated.

“Most of us recognize the importance of washing our hands, properly covering our mouths when we cough or sneeze, and staying home when sick to help prevent illness,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Those are all very important pieces of the infection-control puzzle. However, the single most effective way to reduce the spread of influenza is getting vaccinated. That is why I am happy to be getting my flu shot today.”

Clinics now are open throughout the province, and British Columbians can get immunized at a wide variety of locations - from dedicated flu clinics, to doctors’ offices or local pharmacies.

“I can’t stress the importance of all British Columbians receiving their annual flu vaccine,” said Dr. William Cunningham, past-president of Doctors of BC. “And this includes the health professionals who take care of them. Protecting yourself also protects the people around you who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness.”

“Pharmacists have been a key part of the fight against influenza for many years, as a front-line source of information and advice,” said BC Pharmacy Association president David Pavan. “Today, more than 3,100 pharmacists are specially trained to vaccinate British Columbians. Also, 92% of pharmacies throughout the province conveniently have at least one pharmacist authorized to administer injections.”