The Department of Health will be offering influenza vaccination in the community via “Flu Express.” The “Flu Express” will allow people to drive to a designated site and receive the flu vaccine while waiting in their car,without having to get out. This will make it easier for some people to access the vaccine, reduce crowds and maintain physical distancing.
Middle Road, Warwick
Wednesday, 14th October
10 am – 2 pm
67 Victoria Street
Saturday, 17th October
10 am – 2 pm
Enter via Tiger Bay Gardens
Wednesday, 21st October
10 am – 2 pm
Enter via Clyde Best Lane
Wednesday, 28th October
10 am – 2 pm
Priority persons who should attend the “Flu Express” are:
Flu injections will only be offered at the “Flu Express” on the specified dates, to individuals in good health without active infections.
You willbe given the shot if:
Please dress comfortably to allow the nurse easy access to the injection site in the upper arm.
Please have the correct amount of cash ready during your attendance at the “Flu Express.” (Credit/Debit card facilities will not be available at the “Flu Express” sites).
During the month of November the flu vaccine will be available at the Hamilton Health Centre in an outdoor setting using a pop up tent:
Health Centre Location
Hamilton Health Centre (outdoor setting – under the pop up tent)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
2.00 – 4.00 pm
In protecting yourself against influenza, you are also protecting your family, your household, your workplace and ultimately your community.
Influenza or ‘flu’ is a highly contagious infection caused by the influenza virus. It is generally spread from person-to-person by coughs and sneezes from an infected individual. Outbreaks of flu are most common in the winter and occur each year, peaking in the months of January & February in the northern hemisphere and in July & August in the southern hemisphere. These annual outbreaks are due to minor changes, (‘viral shifts)’ in the virus, which enable them to evade the immunity that individuals developed following a previous infection or a flu vaccination. Having an annual flu injection provides a high level of immunity to the anticipated circulating strains of flu virus. Individuals who have had flu before or been immunized previously, may only have partial immunity to this season’s flu. They are vulnerable, but may have less severe symptoms.
Symptoms of flu develop two to four days after exposure. Typically, persons experience a sudden onset of sore throat, and runny nose with high fever, headache, backache, muscle pains fatigue and general malaise. Although it is unpleasant and debilitating, most people recover after a few days. Extra fluids, bed rest and aspirin or acetaminophen are all that are needed. (Aspirin isindicated for children with flu-like symptoms because it may cause serious complications e.g. Reyes syndrome).
In some people, flu infection can be quite serious because it may increase their risk of developing complications, such as pneumonia. The very young (especially infants under 6 months of age), the frail elderly, pregnant women, and people with other medical conditions are those most likely to develop complications. If cough, high fever, or marked sickness persists beyond a few days, especially in these groups, a physician should be consulted.
The symptoms for flu and COVID-19 are similar. Preventing flu may reduce hospital admissions and help discern outbreaks of COVID-19.
Influenza vaccine is recommended for all persons over the age of 6 months. Children aged 6 months to 9 years require two shots, given 4 weeks apart, if they are being vaccinated for the first time against influenza.
Priority groups for influenza vaccine for 2020-21 season include: i) healthcare workers and caregivers, ii) the elderly and persons who live in long term care facilities, iii) persons with chronic medical conditions including diabetes, heart or lung conditions, asthma, sickle cell anaemia and immune system diseases, iv) children 6 months to 18 years, v) pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
Individuals under their physician’s care for chronic medical conditions and children under the age of three years are asked to obtain a prescription for their flu immunization from their private physician.