Even if you are otherwise healthy, everyone is susceptible to getting the flu, which can have miserable to tragic consequences even if you are not part of a vulnerable population. Don't miss out on the things that matter to you this flu season: #GettheshotNS!
Where to get the flu shot:
Visit http://novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/flu.asp for dates and locations of flu clinics in your area. Remember to bring your MSI card when you go to get the flu shot.
- Other steps for preventing the flu:
- Wash your hands with soap and water, and use hand sanitizer when it is available
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Do not share drinking glasses, utensils, water bottles, mouth guards, or cosmetics
Flu Shot Facts for Nurses
Nova Scotia will continue to offer inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccines for 2016-17. The components of the vaccine include:
- A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
- A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
- B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus
- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus
The products used this year will include:
- Fluzone® Quadrivalent (Sanofi)
- Flulaval® Tetra (Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK)): GSK advises the use of imprecise equipment can lead to the problem that the 10 doses contained in the vial cannot be injected. For the Flulaval® Tetra product, the 1 mL syringe is recommended in the instruction sheet. The 3 mL syringe should be avoided since the injection volume is 0.5 mL.
For more information on Influenza and other communicable diseases and prevention, visit http://novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/info-for-professionals.asp.