Colwood pharmacies are offering flu shots, beginning mid October, to help keep residents healthy and protected. Getting your flu shot is particularly important this year, not only for influenza prevention, but also to stay healthy while COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities. A flu shot can reduce your chance of developing symptoms that resemble COVID-19, which would require you to get tested and self-isolate.
Where to get your flu shot?
Pharmacies expect to receive flu vaccine by mid October. If a pharmacy has a waitlist, you will be notified when you are able to book your flu shot appointment.
|Pharmacy||Address||Phone||How to get your flu shot|
|Latoria Pharmacy IDA||115-611
|250-590-7012||Call or visit in person to be added to the waitlist|
|Rexall||1880 Island Highway #102||250-478-1735||Join the waitlist at Rexall.ca|
|London Drugs||1907 Sooke Road||250-474-6657||Register at LondonDrugs.com/Flu to receive a notification to book an appointment|
|Peoples Pharmacy||1910 Sooke Road #103||250-474-9331||Once vaccines are available, walk-ins are welcome|
Why get a flu shot?
Seasonal influenza, often called the flu, is a serious, infectious and contagious respiratory illness. You can spread the flu 24 hours before showing any symptoms, and five to seven days after symptoms begin. Taking precautions against getting the flu is an important step in protecting your health and the health of others as well as preventing our health care system from being overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu shot (with rare exceptions). Learn more about the flu at HealthLinkBC.
How to prevent influenza?
Here are some other ways to reduce the risk of getting or spreading influenza:
- Get your flu shot
- Regular hand washing - read about proper hand washing at HealthLinkBC
- Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that many people touch
- Staying home when you are ill
Britney Stojke, Engagement Assistant