2020 Flu & Pneumonia Vaccines

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2020 FLU AND PNEUMONIA VACCINE CLINIC for the COMMUNITY

Updated Oct 29,2020

 

If you’d like a flu vaccine, please call Ashley to book an appointment on one of the following dates:

  • November 4, 9:00am-12:00pm
  • November 10, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:30pm
  • November 18, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:30pm
  • November 16, 3:00pm-6:00pm
    • Note: November 16th is only for school children who cannot come during the day (siblings and parents can get theirs done at the same time)

Ashley’s phone number is 250 788-3955 ext 8072

 

This is an OUTSIDE clinic and will be done in the following way:

  • Make sure you do not have any symptoms of COVID – if you do, call to reschedule and stay home. We can do your flu shot another day. 
  • Show up at the Health Centre for your appointment – preferably in a vehicle to stay warm. If you need to keep your engine running, please park farther away so we don’t get fumes inside the building.
  • Heather will be inside the Health Centre waiting for you; she will be just inside the kitchen window.
  • You’ll come to the window and we’ll get any information we need.
  • We will need to get at your shoulder muscle, so wear something you can easily take off and put back on.
  • You MUST wait in the parking lot for 15 minutes so we can make sure you are not going to have an allergic reaction (Anaphylaxis). Chances of this are 1:1,000,000 (extremely rare).  But they can happen, and we have the medicine here to get you treated until you can get to the hospital.  If you think you are experiencing this, HONK your horn!  Sings of anaphylaxis are:
    • Tightening of the throat/hard time breathing
    • Tingling and blue color around the lips
    • Wheezing breath
  • Anyone having trouble getting in/out of their car or up/down the stairs, please just HONK and we will come to you.
  • Anyone with a baby or small child requiring the child to be HELD during their vaccine – please stay in the car, HONK, and we will come to you.

 

Wanting a pneumonia vaccine?

It is available FREE for:

  • Everyone 65 and over regardless of health status
  • Ages 2-65 with any of the following conditions:
  • Anatomic or functional asplenia A
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Immunosuppression related to disease [e.g., malignant neoplasm (including
  • leukemia and lymphoma), HIV, multiple myeloma] or therapy B (e.g., high dose,
  • systemic steroids, or severe rheumatoid arthritis requiring immunosuppressive
  • therapy)
  • Congenital immunodeficiency states (e.g., complement, properdin, or factor D deficiency)
  • Chronic heart or lung disease (except asthma, unless management involves ongoing
  • high dose oral corticosteroid treatment)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease including cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis B, hepatitis C
  • Receipt of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT)
  • Solid organ or islet cell transplant (candidate or recipient)
  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic CSF leak
  • Cochlear implant (candidate or recipient)
  • Homelessness C and/or illicit drug use D
  • Chronic neurological conditions that may impair clearance of oral secretions

 

You only need ONE dose of the pneumonia vaccine, unless you have the above conditions, then you get a booster 5 years after the first dose.  If you think you qualify, please call ahead of time so we can discuss it.  (250) 788-7371.  Please do not send any medical information in an email as it is not confidential. 

 

If you do NOT have any of the above conditions, it does not matter how old you are, you do not qualify for a booster. 

 

If you cannot make it to the Health Centre outside clinic, please note that both pharmacies are offering the FLU vaccine.  Also, the Chetwynd Clinic nurses are vaccinating clients as well.  Please call ahead for information before you go in. 

 

We will be going to see some the home care clients and elders on November 9 to offer their vaccines in their homes.  Anyone concerned about an elder who is unable to get out easily, please let us know so we can add them to our list.  Please include a phone number with their name so we can call first. 

 

After these dates have passed, we will check in with the community to see if we have missed anyone.  If so, we will schedule more flu clinics until everyone who wants a vaccine will have one.

 

Thank you,

 

Saulteau First Nations Health Centre