Flu shot clinics underway now

By James Peters / Jill Sperling
November 4, 2016 - 9:48am Updated: November 4, 2016 - 5:45pm

KAMLOOPS — Interior Health acknowledges some pharmacies may have already run out of this year's influenza vaccine, but that doesn't mean IH has a supply problem.

Communicable Diseases and Immunization Programs Manager Pamela de Bruin says pharmacies and private clinics are supplied with vaccine based on last year's demand.

de Bruin adds if they run out, they won't immediately be given more because a supply needs to be held back for IH's mass immunization clinics.

"So if your local pharmacy is out of vaccine we encourage you look on our website for mass public health clinics that you can access the influenza vaccine at," explained de Bruin.

de Bruin says it's great to hear there has been a strong demand for the vaccine, and IH will continually assess its inventory status, so if there is extra available, it can go to pharmacies and private clinics.

Hundreds were at the Calvary Community Church this morning (November 4) to get a flu shot or pain-free nasal spray. 

With no appointment required, many took the opportunity to get the flu shot, each with their own reasons for choosing to be vaccinated.

The flu clinic at Calvary Community Church wraps up at 4 this afternoon, but there will be another at the full gospel church on November 18th.

LINK: Flu clinics near Kamloops

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