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Flu Express rescheduled for today

Flu vaccines will be available over the holiday period

The Department of Health has announced that its Flu Express vaccine services have been rescheduled.

They will take place today and tomorrow at the National Sports Centre Pavilion, between 10am and 4pm.

On both days there will be a free shuttle for seniors from City Hall’s front drive to the National Sports Centre where flu shots via Flu Express will be available.

The shuttle leaves City Hall every 30 minutes on the quarter hour, starting at 10.15am and ending at 3.15pm. The seasonal influenza vaccine is available to the public from the Department of Health, at a cost of $10 per shot while and anyone over the age of 65 years will receive the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge.

The flu vaccine will also be available on the same dates at the Health Centres and at the offices of most private physicians.

The vaccine can prevent 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.

A ministry spokeswoman said the vaccine “can help reduce absenteeism from work or school due to influenza”.

She added: “By protecting yourself against influenza, you are also protecting your family, your household, your workplace and ultimately your community.”

Flu injections will only be offered at the “Flu Express” on the specified dates, to individuals in good health without active infections.

Shots at the Hamilton Health Centre are available from 8.30am to 11.30am on Mondays to Fridays and every Wednesday in January from 2pm to 4pm also.

At Warwick Health Centre there will be shots every Tuesday in January from 2pm to 4pm and at St George’s Health Centre every Thursday in January from 2pm to 4pm.

Attendees are advised to 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 or debit card facilities will not be available at the sites.

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, eg 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 immunisation from their private physician.

For more information on influenza, visit https://www.gov.bm/health-data-and-monitoring under Disease Fact Sheets