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Annual flu campaign begins in B.C.; authorities remind residents of importance due to COVID-19 pandemic

BY , Oct 16, 2020 9:36 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

A woman wears a protective face mask as she walks past a opened restaurant patio on Granville Street in Vancouver, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The annual flu vaccination campaign has begun as officials in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health authorities remind residents across BC that a flu shot is especially important this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Fraser Health launched its campaign today while Vancouver Coastal says clinics will open later this month and shots are available through some family doctors, many local pharmacists, walk-in clinics and at public health influenza clinics.

Locations of all BC clinics or pharmacies where the vaccine is available are listed on the Immunize BC (dot) ca website under ``find a clinic,'' and anyone wishing a shot is advised to book ahead.

Flu shots are free for children aged between six months and four years, seniors over age 65, pregnant women, Indigenous people and anyone with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems, while those living with, or frequently visiting, someone considered at high risk may also be eligible for a free jab.

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