Just like the COVID-19 vaccines, flu vaccines are safe for almost everyone and it reduces your risk.
In the last year, we all learned a lot about vaccines. We know more than ever about the importance of vaccination to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. That includes the flu and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines too.
Measures to protect us from COVID-19, like social distancing and wearing masks, kept flu infections low last year. Things have changed. As we gradually return to normal, the risk increases. For vulnerable Canadians, like those with chronic conditions such as asthma and COPD, the threat can be deadly.
According to NACI 2020-21, the flu and pneumonia combined to rank in the top 10 leading causes of death in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 Canadians end up in hospital with the flu and 3,500 never make it home.
Much like their COVID-19 counterparts, flu vaccines are safe for almost everyone and it reduces your risk of getting the flu. It also helps keep you out of the hospital with severe complications (like death).
Also, like the COVID-19 vaccine, there is more than one option available. Talk to your healthcare provider about your options to ensure you get the best possible level of protection. A full list of approved flu vaccines – including innovations like non-egg, cell-based options – is available at Public Health Agency of Canada.
If you’re over age 65 or have a chronic lung condition, also ask your healthcare provider how you can protect your lungs even more with a high-dose flu vaccine and the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine.
Go to myflushot.ca to find when and where the flu vaccine is available in your area.
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If you have questions about getting the flu shot, reach out to our Lung Health Line for free personalized assistance from a Certified Respiratory Educator. Chat online at lunghealth.ca or call toll-free 1-888-344-LUNG (5864).