Flu clinics are officially underway in Nunavut and Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Dr. Michael Patterson is stressing the importance of getting your flu shot, especially in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, adding that the flu shot is “the best defence against getting the flu”.

Dr. Michael Patterson, right, Nunavut’s chief public health officer receives a flu shot from a public health nurse on Oct. 21. Patterson is reminding Nunavummiut that getting the flu shot is the best defence against getting the flu. photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut

In an Oct. 21 statement the CPHO reminded Nunavummiut that Covid has similar symptoms to the flu, noting “reducing your risk of getting the flu also means reducing the chance you will be isolated while you are being tested for Covid-19. It can also reduce pressure on our health system, especially if Covid-19 is confirmed in a community.”

Flu shots are available at all public health centres and through Iqaluit Public Health. Several clinics been scheduled in various communities, if a clinic isn’t scheduled then you can make an appointment to get your shot.

Minister of Health George Hickes also gave a members statement in the during the Oct. 21 sitting of the Nunavut Legislature on the importance of getting your flu shot in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Health Minister George Hickes receives his flu shot from a public health nurse, Oct. 21. photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut

“Mr. Speaker, keeping all Nunavummiut safe and healthy requires everyone’s continued commitment to maintain the personal protective measures of good hygiene, frequent hand washing, physical distance and staying home when feeling sick,” he said.

Hickes added it’s important to protect those who are more vulnerable to the flu such as Elders and young children.

Both Hickes and Patterson received their flu shots in Iqaluit on Oct. 21.

For more information on the flu clinics or the GN’s Covid-19 updates visit www.gov.nu.ca/health.

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