Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia flu shots free and ready now

Flu shots are now available in Nova Scotian pharmacies, doctors, nurses, workplaces and clinics, and health officials suggest you get your vaccine now.

Health officials urge everyone — but especially those in vulnerable groups — to get vaccinated

Free flu shots in Nova Scotia are available from doctors, pharmacies and at some workplaces. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Flu shots are now available from Nova Scotia pharmacies, doctors, nurses, workplaces and clinics — and health officials suggest you get your vaccination now.

The shot is for the seasonal flu, not the other kind of "bird flu" that's currently afflicting workplaces.

"Last year, 40 per cent of Nova Scotians got a flu shot, and we hope to see more this year," Dr. Frank Atherton, Nova Scotia's deputy chief medical officer of health, said in a release on Wednesday.

The province is providing the quadrivalent vaccine, which contains two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains.

Atherton flags several higher risk groups that are strongly recommended to get the shot:

  • seniors
  • children aged six months to five years
  • aboriginal people
  • pregnant women
  • people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes
  • people who live with, or care for, people in high-risk groups

Atherton also reminds people to regularly wash their hands and cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing.

Flu symptoms often include a sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. It can lead to more severe illness such as pneumonia or even death.

The government posted more information online

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