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Medical Services

Flu Clinic

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Winter is just around the corner, the forecast calls for a lot of snow and a bad flu season. Last fall and winter the flu was eliminated or very minimal in many cities across the country due to the COVID-19 health orders that prevented travel, gatherings, mask wearing, and hand-washing. However, experts are saying we won't be able to avoid the flu season this year! Now that we are back on campus, attending events, and meeting friends, the risk of spreading influenza is much higher. 

Getting the flu shot is more important than ever! Here is why:

In the 2018-19 flu season, Alberta Health said there were 1,976 hospitalizations, 228 ICU admissions, and 52 deaths among people with lab-confirmed influenza during the season. With the current COVID-19 pressure on our health care system, there is no room for additional pressure.

“The fact that our immunity naturally wanes each year combined with the virus's ability to mutate and change, it is necessary to get immunized annually.” says Fatima Kessler, BN, RN, BKin, Nursing Immunization Coordinator at Mount Royal University Health Services. 

The flu spreads easily from person to person, the flu shot is your best defence. Together with hand washing/sanitizing, covering mouth/nose with cough or sneeze, staying at home when sick

The flu clinic is on campus from October 18 to October 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wellness Services U216.

The clinic is open to all students, faculty and staff with no appointments required on a first come first serve basis. You must be 18 years of age and bring your provincial health care card. International students are also welcome with no health card required. 

 

FAQ's

Yes. You can get the inactivated influenza vaccine (injection) at the same time or any time before or after other inactivated or live vaccines.

Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get an influenza vaccine, with rare exceptions. Some people are at high risk of serious illness from influenza, such as children 6 months to less than 5 years of age, pregnant women, seniors 65 years and older and people with certain medical conditions. Vaccination is especially important for these people.  Anyone who lives or goes to school in AB or is visiting AB can receive the flu shot. 

No. The inactivated influenza vaccine (flu shot) cannot give you influenza. This vaccine contains killed influenza viruses that cannot cause infection.

Influenza viruses are constantly changing, so each year, the viruses used to make the vaccine change to protect you against the viruses circulating that year. The protection from the influenza vaccine declines over time hence why it is important to get  your flu vaccine every year.