What Infection Prevention and Control Measures are in place?
- Patients will be asked to sanitize their hands with an alcohol based rub prior to receiving their vaccine.
- Cleaning and disinfection of the immunization area (e.g., chairs, table, door handles) after each patient immunization. NOTE: Households can be immunized together.
- Injecting pharmacists will wear protective PPE which includes masks and gloves.
- Routine environmental cleaning, especially in frequently visited areas (e.g., waiting area door handles, washrooms) and on high-touch surfaces after 10 patients.
What to expect at your appointment?
Review what to except when getting your flu shot:
- Before your appointment:
- Self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
- At the pharmacy:
- Be prepared for screening before entering.
- Wear a mask or face covering.
- Wear loose clothing with short sleeves.
- Arrive on time, not early.
- Limit the number of people going with you.
- Advance completion of the flu consent form. Consent forms will be emailed to all patients who have booked an appointment on-line in advance of the appointment. It is very important to complete this prior to your appointment day to ensure a contactless process.
- Find a safe waiting area post-injection. Patients must remain in the store for 15 minutes post-injection to monitor for anaphylactic reactions.
Review post immunization after care guidance instructions:
- Individuals who receive influenza immunization may experience side effects. These reactions are most often mild, develop within 24 hours and could last 24-48 hours.
Many of the reactions that can occur after the vaccine are similar to the symptoms of COVID-19 such as:
- fever and/or chills
- sore throat, cough or runny nose
- feeling tired
- headache or body aches
- poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea
- Individuals who develop the above symptoms should stay home.
- If the symptoms resolve within 48 hours after onset, the individual can return to normal activities, unless they have been instructed to quarantine or isolate for other reasons.
- If symptoms persist longer than 48 hours, and not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, individuals must continue to stay home, contact Health Link at 811 or complete the online COVID-19 online self-assessment tool for testing.
- If testing is not done: By law, individuals with fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or shortness of breath should remain at home for 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.
- Individuals with any other symptoms on the symptom list should remain home until symptoms resolve.