Brown: Vaccination is essential, now, more than ever

If you are under 40, you may think influenza and COVID-19 are nothing to fear, but we need everybody to think of others during this difficult time. While the symptoms for you may be mild, as with COVID-19, you could unknowingly pass the flu to loved ones — and it can be fatal.

Right across Canada, more than ever, we need people of all ages and walks of life to get vaccinated against influenza. 

The more we reduce the presence of respiratory illness this winter, the better positioned we are to continue fighting against COVID-19. 

article continues below

When we assess a patient’s respiratory symptoms, our job is easier if they have had the flu shot because it helps us determine if the illness is more likely influenza or COVID-19. 

So far, Interior Health has been fortunate that our health-care system has kept up to the demands of COVID-19. But I can share with you that we are seeing challenges in some places, such as testing sites and labs, and we have entered a fragile time with the cooler weather. We need to avoid the influx of really sick patients with influenza, which, combined with COVID-19 pressures, could push our health-care system to the edge. 

Susan Brown
Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown.

I know from more than 30 years of experience in health care that getting the flu shot helps prevent the system from surging over capacity. 

If you are under 40, you may think influenza and COVID-19 are nothing to fear, but we need everybody to think of others during this difficult time. While the symptoms for you may be mild, as with COVID-19, you could unknowingly pass the flu to loved ones — and it can be fatal. 

Our seniors and elders have been there for all of us and they need our support today. I can’t think of a better way to show appreciation than by taking advantage of any defence that will protect their health when they need us the most. 

Click here to learn more about how and where to get flu shots

The flu shot is a tool in the tool box. The choice is yours to decide whether to use the tools to protect yourself and the ones you love. 

Over the next few weeks, you will hear more about Interior Health’s public campaign to encourage vaccination. We will be working with many different providers to promote our influenza campaign this year. 

The flu season typically ramps up in November, but before it reaches our communities, talk to your bubble, your neighbours’ bubble and your social media bubble. Encourage everyone to get their bubble vaccinated. 

Even if you have never felt the need to get the flu shot before, please do it this year. Help protect each other and the health-care system we all need.

— Susan Brown is president and CEO of Interior Health.

© Kamloops This Week

 


KAMLOOPS WEATHER

Question of the Week POLL

How has the pandemic impacted your Christmas plans from a financial perspective?

or  view results

Popular Kamloops This Week

Events Calendar

Help Us Help Kamloops. Support Local Media.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kamloops This Week is now soliciting donations from readers. This program is designed to support our local journalism in a time where our advertisers are unable to due to their own economic constraints. Kamloops This Week has always been a free product and will continue to be free. This is a means for those who can afford to support local media to help ensure those who can’t afford to can get access to trusted local information. You can make a one-time or a monthly donation of any amount and cancel at any time .

NEW: For every donation of $25 or greater, we will offer a digital advertising package to the local non-profit group of your choice.

Click on https://support.kamloopsthisweek.com for more information or to make your donation.

Thank you in advance for your support.