It Could Be A Nasty Flu Season. Get Your Shot Now Says Pharmacist

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:25 PM

It's time to roll up your sleeve and get your flu shot.

Health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter.

An update issued by Health Canada says the Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a flu strain that's notorious for causing severe illness, especially in seniors.

In Yarmouth, pharmacist Darlene Mooney says the sooner people get their flu shot, the better.

"We're hearing it could be an early season this year and it does take about two weeks for the flu shot to take effect, so now is as good a time as any."

Mooney says people who are of high risk for influenza complications include those over 65, children under the age of five, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions so health care providers look to target them first.

And for those who think getting a flu shot will make them sick...

Mooney says you can't get the flu from a flu shot because it's a dead virus that's being injected.

She says a person may get mild symptoms like general malaise or a sore arm.