Even after Halloween, it’s a good idea to cough like a vampire to avoid making other people sick. (Infection Prevention and Control Canada)

Northern Health says it’s not too late for a flu shot

Flu season may have peaked, but Northern Health says it’s not too late to get this year’s flu vaccine — especially in northern B.C.

Dr. Rakel Kling, the medical health officer for Northern Health, says this year’s flu shot is a good match for the strains of flu that are spreading around. The protective effects of the vaccine take about two weeks to kick in.

So far this season, over 90 per cent of the influenza A viruses typed by the BC Centre for Disease Control are a strain of H1N1, which disproportionately affects children under 10.

Elderly adults are more affected by strains of H3N2, which has been less common this year. Since October, labs have confirmed just 11 flu outbreaks in B.C. long-term care facilities, compared with 51 last year and 93 the year before.

While data from all parts of B.C. show flu season likely peaked over Christmas and New Year’s, family doctors in northern B.C. have had the highest share of flu-related patient visits than anywhere else in the province.

Islanders who would still like a flu vaccine can get one at the health clinics in the north- or south-end hospitals, and adults can also get one at the Forbes pharmacy in Queen Charlotte.

The public health nurse at the Haida Health Centre in Old Massett is away this week, but a few vaccines remain at the Skidegate Health Centre.

Northern Health reminds anyone who catches the flu to stay home from work or school — most people recover on their own at home by resting and having lots of fluids — and to practice good handwashing and coughing etiquette.

People should seek care from a doctor or nurse practitioner if they have trouble breathing, chest pain, a high fever that doesn’t improve after three or four days, or if they are at a high risk of flu-related complications.

Just Posted

Slow down for students: School zone speeds now in effect

RCMP will be making sure drivers keep it at 30 km/h or less, with heavy fines for breaking the law

Queen Charlotte fire hall is a go

Start of construction marked with groundbreaking ceremony

NCRD Board turns attention to Haida Gwaii

Fishing concerns, recreation commission, and Sandspit festival all receive focus

IV cancer treatment returning to Haida Gwaii

Arrival of a new pharmacy technician means the service can resume

VIDEO: U.S. officials refute British couple’s ‘accidental’ border-crossing claim

Authorities say couple was arrested after illegal entry from B.C., with $16,000 and marijuana

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

ICBC willing to loosen grip on driver claim data, David Eby says

Private insurers say claims record monopoly keeps them out

B.C. principal suspended for failing to help student who reported inappropriate touching

Principal didn’t remove student from the teacher’s class nor call the parents within a reasonable time

Most Read