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Free flu clinic postponed due to high demand

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December 03, 2014 - 8:30 AM

SUMMERLAND - Don't roll up your sleeve just yet — a public flu clinic in Summerland will be rescheduled because demand is exceeding supply.

Public flu clinics at St. John's Lutheran Church Dec. 4 has been postponed, but a new date and location will not be chosen until additional vaccine is ordered, according to a media release from Interior Health.

Those eligible for the publicly funded vaccine may still be able to get the vaccine through a doctor and at pharmacies offering the vaccine, but Interior Health says to call ahead to make sure the vaccine is available. Free immunizations are given to those over the age of 65, pregnant women, children 6-59 months, people with chronic health issues and health care workers.

Immunize B.C.'s flu clinic locator offers a list of public clinics and community vaccine providers.

This year the shot focuses on influenza A strains H1N1 and H3N2 as well as influenza B. While H1N1 was a pandemic strain in 2009 it is now a common strain. H3N2 is a strain that can cause more serious illness in seniors and the B strain is typically a lot harder on children.

To contact a reporter for this story, email sarstad@infotelnews.ca, call 250-488-3065. To contact the managing editor, email Marshall Jones at mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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