The flu shot is a vaccine that protects you and your family from the spread of influenza. It is recommended to get your flu shot every year as influenza rapidly changes and new vaccines are developed.
The flu is a respiratory illness caused by the contagious influenza virus. It is spread mainly by droplets that are made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. When the droplets land on the mouth, nose, or eyes of the person, that virus can be inhaled into the lungs.
The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and sometimes can lead to death. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
Getting immunized has been proven to be the best way to prevent from getting the flu and to minimize spreading it to other humans. Many good habits are recommended that you can do to help prevent the spread of the flu like:
The flu vaccine is offered free of charge to all Albertans six months of age and older. All individuals must live, work or go to school in Alberta, and must show their Alberta Health Care card. Calgary Pharmacists can vaccinate children 5 years and older.