The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) would like to assure the public that there is currently no shortage of the standard seasonal influenza vaccine in our region. However, the high dose vaccine may not be available in sufficient quantities to cover all residents who qualify.
The high dose vaccine is reserved for those over the age of 65.
However, not all senior citizens require the high dose, according to Dr. Kit Young Hoon, medical officer of health for the NWHU; the standard dose is available in sufficient quantities to make up the difference.
“Between the high dose and the standard dose, one is not preferred or recommended over the other,” said Young Hoon. “The most important thing is that you get a flu shot – either type will protect you.”
More than 5,000 flu shot appointments have already been booked in our region, and the NWHU is poised to add additional appointment slots to their clinics as doses are received from the Ministry of Health throughout the fall.
Pharmacies are also experiencing high public interest in flu shots and receiving additional vaccines each week, she said.
“We are pleased to see high public uptake of influenza vaccine, it will help to prevent the spread of influenza,” she said. “To stay healthy, I strongly encourage everyone in the region to get a flu shot and continue to practise personal preventive measures.”
To get a flu shot this year, you can:
• Book a shot with NWHU at www.nwhu.on.ca or 1-866-468-2240
• Contact a local pharmacy
• Contact your health care provider