The Yukon’s influenza vaccine clinics began today.
In Whitehorse, the clinics are being held at the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre for Yukoners ages six months and older.
In the communities, clinics are being held at local health centres and other locations within the community. Clinic dates and locations can be found online at https://yukon.ca/flu.
In Whitehorse, the first week of clinics is for those most vulnerable to complications from influenza.
These include Yukon residents with chronic medical conditions, as well as those who are pregnant, over the age 65 and young children.
Appointments can be made at yukon.ca/flu or by phone at 1-877-374-0425. Walk-ins will be accepted starting Oct. 25.
Influenza can cause serious illness and hospitalization among older adults and those with chronic conditions, the Yukon government pointed out late last week.
In healthy individuals, influenza symptoms are generally mild to moderate.
In more serious cases, symptoms can include rapid onset of high fever, cough, sore throat, aches, pains and chills.
The vaccine takes about two weeks to become effective. The best time to be vaccinated is as soon as it becomes available.
This year, all Yukon residents who are 65 years of age and older are eligible to receive a higher dose flu vaccine.
This vaccine is proven more effective in preventing influenza in older adults than the standard-dose vaccine.
Pharmacies in Whitehorse will also be providing flu vaccine this year for anyone aged five years and up. Contact your local pharmacy or visit https://www.yukon.ca/flu for more information.
“The flu vaccine is free and available to anyone over the age of six months,” noted Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.
“Receiving your flu vaccine will help protect yourself and prevent the spread of the virus to those who are more vulnerable to influenza, such as elders, people with chronic conditions, those who are pregnant and those under six months.”
With more people travelling this year, added Dr. Catherine Elliott, the acting chief medical officer of health, “it is expected we will see more cases of influenza.
“There is also the possibility of someone getting concurrent infections of both COVID-19 and influenza at the same time, a situation we all want to avoid.
“Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu,” Elliott said.
“I encourage all Yukoners to do their part by getting the flu vaccine, and those who were born in 2009 or earlier to get their COVID-19 vaccine if they haven’t done so already.”