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What is a Flu Shot?
A flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu season lasts from approximately November to April. London Drugs Certified Injection Pharmacists can help protect you from the seasonal flu, and help ensure you’re up-to-date with any other vaccinations you may require* such as:
- Hepatitis A & B
*This may vary from province to province. Please check with your pharmacist for details.
How will you benefit from a Flu Shot?
The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months, since some of the most serious flu viruses can pose a risk even to young, healthy people*. Please note that certain groups should not get vaccinated. You can refer here for more information: http://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/publichealth/h1n1_old/flu_prevention_checklist.pdf. Also, it's important to note that flu virus strains around the globe are constantly changing and annual vaccine production is based on the most active virus expected in the coming flu season.
* The flu shot is available at all London Drugs locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba . We can vaccinate children aged 5 years and up in BC, 9 years and up in Alberta and Saskatchewan and 7 years and up in Manitoba.
What to know before your Flu Shot visit
- The flu shot does not cause the flu. Injectable flu vaccines do not contain any live virus - so they cannot cause the flu.
- The side effects of vaccines are usually minor. The most common side effects are mild fever, irritability, and pain, soreness, or redness at the place where the vaccine was given. These side effects usually go away in a day or two and can be managed.
- Serious side effects are extremely rare - in about one in a million doses of the vaccine. If they do occur, these reactions can be treated.
How to book a Flu Shot
Flu shots are available at all London Drugs locations. Call your local London Drugs to ask when and where you can attend. Be sure to ask your pharmacist if you qualify for a publicly funded flu shot (at no cost to you). If not, a fee will apply.
All patients receiving a vaccination must complete a consent form. This form can be completed in-store or can be downloaded here and brought in with you. Please note: The form must be signed and dated in the presence of a London Drugs pharmacist.