The Seasonal Influenza Vaccination is available from Public Health Nurses in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador. Call your Public Health office or contact the Newfoundland and Labrador HealthLine at 811.
The Newfoundland and Labrador HealthLine is a confidential and free telephone service and staffed by experienced Registered Nurses around the clock. If you have questions about your health or flu-like symptoms, call 811.
Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by either the type A or type B influenza viruses, and occurs in populations worldwide. Although it is generally a self-limiting, acute illness of duration over several days, some people are at increased risk for complications of influenza.
The best way to protect yourself from influenza is to receive an influenza vaccination, in combination with hand-washing, covering your coughs and sneezes, and staying at home when you are sick.
In the Labrador-Grenfell Health region, the influenza vaccine is administered to the public by public health nurses, and is provided free of charge, through the provincial publicly-funded vaccine program for anyone six months of age and over.
Though influenza vaccine is available for anyone six months of age and over, influenza is especially recommended for the following people:
- Adults and children with chronic conditions requiring regular medical follow-up or hospital care;
- Persons who are obese with or without chronic health conditions;
- Persons in residential care, including residents and staff;
- Persons 60 years of age and older;
- Children aged six months to 59 months;
- Health care workers, including those in the community or chronic care facilities;
- Aboriginal people;
- Essential services workers (police, ambulance, firefighters or other persons in the community whose services may be considered essential);
- Household contacts of people at high risk of influenza complications;
- Pregnant women, and
- Individuals who work in the live poultry or swine industry.
When visiting influenza vaccine clinics in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region, please bring your Medical Care Plan (MCP) card with you, and, if possible, wear a short-sleeved shirt. Children less than nine years of age who have not received a previous influenza vaccine in the past will require two doses of vaccine separated by four weeks.
Click the link to access the NL Weekly Influenza Report.