“Flu Express” To Be Held On Dec 19 & 20

December 18, 2017

The Department of Health announced that the Flu Express will now take place on Tuesday, December 19 and Wednesday, December 20 at National Sports Centre Pavilion.

“The Ministry apologizes for any inconvenience due to rescheduling,” a Government spokesperson said. “On both days [ Tuesday and Wednesday], a free shuttle for seniors from City Hall’s front drive to the National Sports Centre will help you get your flu shot via Flu Express. The shuttle leaves City Hall every 30 minutes on the quarter hour, starting at 10:15 am. The last shuttle is at 3:15 pm. Persons over the age of 65 years will receive the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge.

“The seasonal influenza [flu] vaccine is available to the public from the Department of Health, at a cost of $10.00 per shot [for both adults and children].

“The flu vaccine will be available:

  • 1] through “Flu Express” on Tuesday, 19 December and Wednesday, 20 December
  • 2] at the Health Centres,
  • 3] at the offices of most private physicians.

“Flu vaccine can keep you from getting flu, make flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people, especially newborns and young infants, children, seniors, and persons at risk of complications from the flu. It can help reduce absenteeism from work or school due to influenza.By protecting yourself against influenza, you are also protecting your family, your household, your workplace and ultimately your community.

“Flu Express” Schedule

“Get your flu shot in minutes at the Pavilion at the National Sports Centre, 65 Roberts Avenue. The Department of Health will also be offering a free shuttle service leaving from the front drive of City Hall. Flu injections will only be offered at the “Flu Express” on the specified dates, to individuals in good health without active infections.

“Please dress comfortably to allow the nurse easy access to the injection site in the upper arm and have the correct amount of cash ready during your attendance at the “Flu Express.” [Credit/Debit card facilities will not be available at the “Flu Express” sites].

Flu Express Schedule Dec 18 2017

“Who should receive the flu shot?

  • Persons aged 65 years and older
  • Healthy adults who are in close contact with the elderly, infants and children, and any persons with chronic medical conditions
  • Children aged 10 years and older
  • Healthcare workers, caregivers and essential service workers
  • Persons that have received the flu shot each year
  • Persons who are clinically obese with a BMI greater than 40
  • Persons with chronic health problems that are at risk of complications from the flu, e.g. diabetics, asthmatics and those with heart disease. You should inform your doctor when you have been vaccinated.

“You will not be given the shot if:

  • You have allergies to eggs, chicken products, or any component of the vaccine
  • You have had a reaction to the flu shot before
  • You have a fever

“Individuals under a physician’s care for chronic medical conditions and children under the age of three years are asked to obtain a prescription for flu immunization from their private physician.

“For more information on influenza, click here under Disease Fact Sheets.”

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