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Options for getting flu vaccines in the Interior Health region will change this fall

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Due to COVID-19, Interior Health will not offer its drop-in flu vaccination clinics this fall but is encouraging everyone to get the shots.

“Bringing in groups of people into these locations does create a risk of COVID-19 exposure, particularly to those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and the flu,” an Interior Health news release states.

Doctors, primary care offices and pharmacists now provide about 70 per cent of flu vaccines in the region and they will still be available through Interior Health but by appointment only.

“We are also supporting our community providers to continue making flu shots available in pharmacies, travel clinics and primary care settings,” the release states. “Our priority working with our partners is to ensure everyone who wants a flu shot this season will get it.”

Incorrect information has been floating through the community and in some media reports suggesting Interior Health was not offering vaccinations this year. The release was published as a 'clarification' to those reports.

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