Northern Health’s Quesnel flu clinic set to begin Nov. 1

Dr. Rakel Kling emphasized the importance of flu vaccines during a COVID-19 wave

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Quesnel’s annual flu clinic will be in its usual spot at the Quesnel and District Seniors’ Centre, despite a COVID-19 clinic in the same space.

The clinic will be open for booked appointments Nov. 1 – 12 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m, but will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11 for Remembrance Day.

Northern Interior medical health officer Dr. Rakel Kling said running a combination COVID and flu vaccine has benefits and drawbacks.

“There’s always challenges regarding making sure it’s COVID safe for everyone, and the proper guidence is being followed, but ultimately it’s a really great opportunity to ensure that everyone has good access with the COVID vaccine and influenza vaccine right now,” she said.

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Kling added it’s more important than ever to get an influenza vaccine.

“We really need to do our best to try to stay healthy and not be admitted to the hospital or get very sick, and getting the flu shot is the best thing you can do to try to keep yourself healthy and safe,” she said.

Kling added the numbers related to the outbreak at GR Baker Memorial Hospital are expected to remain steady in the short-term.

“I think we will get out of this fourth wave (of COVID-19) eventually, it just depends on how many people continue to get vaccinated,” she said.

“We know that the vaccine works, and its safe and effective, and its really the best way out of this fourth wave.”

To book an appointment, residents are asked to call 250-983-6850.

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