While there hasn’t been an official outbreak of the flu this year, some Calgarians have been experiencing symptoms since early September.
Rachelle Suing, a registered nurse and clinic supervisor at SAIT Health Services, believes it is important for students to get a flu shot.
“As a health care worker, I believe in the effectiveness of the flu shot, and I have a responsibility to provide all patients with the highest standard of care, “Suing said in an interview.
“That includes getting the flu shot annually.”
Starting on Oct. 24, SAIT students looking to get the flu shot could go to the Health and Wellness clinic in the Senator Burns building, room NR41.
Students can book their appointment by calling 403-284-8666.
Suing said that it’s important to remember that getting the vaccination isn’t just going to protect you, but that it will also protect those around you.
Individuals who have previously had some type of anaphylactic reaction to a dose of influenza vaccine as well as people who have a known hypersensitivity to any component in the vaccine should not get the vaccine.
However, if anyone is unsure of whether they should be getting the shot, the nurse will first assess the patient to make sure they are able to receive the shot.
This year there are three different types of flu shots available to students: Fluzone, Flumist, and Fluad.
“We follow the Alberta Health Services recommendations for preferred vaccine to be given to each person,” said Suing.
Some of the symptoms an individual may experience after receiving the vaccination are: redness, swelling, and pain on the injection site, as well as some headaches, fatigue, weakness, fever and chills.
“The reason some people feel unwell after receiving the flu shot is because the side effects are almost the same as actually having the flu. hey’re just a milder version,” said Suing.
“There are also times when the patient is already infected before they even get the flu shot.”
“We do hope that people won’t wait until there is an outbreak before getting the flu shot, as it does take a couple weeks after the shot for immunity to develop,” said Suing.