Posted on September 16, 2020

COVID-19 Community Update 52: Influenza

As we move into a new season, there are new health challenges we have to face such as influenza (flu). The flu virus is similar to the COVID-19 virus in many ways: how it spreads, the symptoms, and who is at the highest risk of negative health outcomes. There are many things you can do to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Stay 2 metres from others outside of your home
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbows
  • Stay at home if you are sick

The only way to know for sure whether someone has COVID-19 or influenza is to be tested. COVID-19 testing is available to anyone with symptoms.

Unlike COVID-19, there is a flu vaccine to further protect us from getting the influenza virus. For the best protection, get immunized as early as possible. Splatsin Health Services (SHS) expects to receive the flu vaccine by early October this year. Splatsin will post a notice when the flu vaccine arrives and is ready to be administered to band members who wish to be vaccinated.

Watch this short video from Community Health Nurse, Meghan Tetrault, about the flu vaccine:

  • Splatsin Health Centre: (250) 838-9538
  • HealthLink BC: 8-1-1
  • BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool: here
  • Non-heath information hotline: 1-888-COVID19

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