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The flu shot helps Nova Scotians avoid getting influenza themselves, and avoid spreading it to family, friends, co-workers and people in their care, such as patients in health care settings, and residents in long-term care facilities.
Yes, the flu shot is free for all Nova Scotians.
You can get a flu shot at most pharmacies around the province, at your doctor’s office, through clinics offered by Public Health Services, and in some workplaces.
For more information on what is happening in your area, please check with your family physician, family practice nurse or nurse practitioner; your local public health office; Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia website; or district health authorities website.
All Nova Scotians are encouraged to get a flu shot. For the following people, immunization is strongly recommended:
Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after a sneeze or cough. When soap and water are not handy, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are an acceptable alternative.
Cover your cough and sneeze.
Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Do not share drinking glasses, or eating utensils, water bottles, mouth guards, or cosmetics.
Flu symptoms include a fever, cough, unusual tiredness, headaches, muscle or joint aches, and sore throat. You can call 811 to speak with a registered nurse who can help with management of your symptoms and provide advice regarding whether you need to seek additional care.
Stay home, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of clear liquids. Call 811 to talk to a registered nurse about treating your flu symptoms. Avoid contact with other people, wash your hands frequently, and cover your cough or sneeze to prevent spreading the flu.
Yes, this year’s vaccine will protect against three strains of the seasonal influenza that are predicted to circulate this season, including H1N1.
Vaccination is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent the flu.