2021 Seasonal Flu Clinics

COVID-19 Vaccine and the Seasonal Flu Vaccine

To view the schedule or book an appointment for flu and/or COVID-19 vaccination, visit: nthssa.ca/covid-vaccine.

During the delivery of Seasonal Flu Clinics across the territory, COVID and influenza vaccinations will be offered at the same time, and the schedule of availability will be the same for both.

You can get the COVID vaccine and the Flu vaccine at the same time. For information on receiving the flu vaccine and COVID vaccine at the same time, please visit Health Canada’s explainer on receiving the COVID vaccine alongside other vaccines.

All persons must bring their own mask to wear while attending the clinics. If you have any symptoms of illness (cough, sore throat, fever, etc.) please postpone your vaccination appointment until your symptoms have cleared.

 


Are you high-risk for flu complications?

You are considered a high-risk individual if you are:

  • a person with health conditions, such as:
    • cancer and other immune compromising conditions
    • diabetes
    • heart disease
    • lung disease
    • anemia
    • obesity
    • kidney disease
    • neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions
    • children up to 18 years of age undergoing treatment for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)
  • 65 years and older
  • living in nursing homes or other long-term care facility
  • under 5 years of age
  • pregnant or planning to get pregnant
  • an Indigenous person

You are capable of passing the flu to people who are high-risk if you:

  • are a health care provider
  • are a caregiver
  • area childcare provider
  • living in a household with a high-risk person
  • you provide essential services in a closed or relatively closed setting, such as a crew on a ship

Flu symptoms

Some people only get mildly ill. Others get very sick.

Flu symptoms appear 1 to 4 days after exposure to the virus. Usually they include the sudden appearance of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • muscle aches and pain

Other common symptoms may include:

  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • loss of appetite
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • Some people (especially children) may also have:
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting

Additional symptoms to watch for in children

As a parent, you know your child best. Talk to your healthcare provider right away if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • not drinking or eating as usual
  • not waking up or interacting with others
  • irritable (not wanting to play or be held)

Contagious period

People infected with the flu virus can spread it to others:

  • starting 1 day before the first symptoms
  • until approximately 5 days after the first symptoms

Symptoms

COVID-19

Cold

Influenza

Fever

Common

Rare

Common

Fatigue

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Cough

Common (usually dry)

Mild

Common (usually dry)

Sneezing

No

Common

No

Aches and pains

Sometimes

Common

Common

Runny or stuffy nose

Rare

Common

Sometimes

Sore throat

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Diarrhea

Rare

No

Sometimes, for children

Headaches

Sometimes

Rare

Common

Shortness of breath

Sometimes

No

No

If you get the flu

If you do get sick, stay home. Avoid close contact with other people until you feel well enough to get back to your usual day-to-day activities. This will help prevent the spread of the flu. Most people recover from the flu in 7 to 10 days.

If you are a person at high risk of flu-related complications and develop flu symptoms, contact your healthcare provider. Tell them about your flu symptoms over the phone before your appointment. That way, they can arrange to see you without exposing other people.

Flu treatment

Flu symptoms can be treated with:

  • rest
  • fluids, like water
  • medication to reduce any fever or aches

In some cases your healthcare provider may prescribe medication, especially if you are:

  • at high risk for flu-related complications
  • very sick with severe symptoms

Over-the-counter cough and flu medicine should not be given to children younger than 6 years old. It is only safe to do so if you are advised to by your healthcare provider.

When to seek immediate attention

  • Visit your nearest hospital if you develop any of these serious symptoms:
  • shortness of breath, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
  • chest pain
  • bluish or grey skin colour
  • bloody or coloured mucus/spit
  • sudden dizziness or confusion
  • severe or persistent vomiting
  • high fever lasting more than three days
  • low blood pressure

Possible complications of the flu

  • pneumonia and respiratory failure
  • worsening of chronic health conditions

Other severe outcomes of the flu

  • hospitalization
  • death