Influenza vaccinations aka flu shots
It’s October, which means flu shot season! This year, we strongly recommend that everyone gets a flu shot, and it’s covered by Public Health.
We have now received initial supply of flu vaccine from Public Health and will be giving it as an add-on to appointments for other things. At this time (due to cleaning and distancing requirements for COVID) we are not booking appointments just for flu shots.
However, this year Public Health is organizing mass immunization clinics across Greater Victoria. These will last for 6-ish weeks, so if you aren’t able to get one from us, you will be able to get one through Public Health. You can book your appointment online with Public Health at islandhealth.ca/flu. Be sure to check back if clinics are full, as they are adding more capacity regularly.
Community pharmacies are also offering the influenza vaccine again this year.
Prior to your appointment, read our flu shot brochure to learn what to wear and what you need to know.
Yes, we are still seeing patients
Our Doctors are still seeing patients using video conferencing, or via telephone. And we aren’t as busy as normal, so if you need to speak with your Doctor, chances are you can, quite quickly.
If a physical examination is required, we will first do a videoconferencing or telephone visit and then figure out next steps to get you seen.
NOTE: for the safety of other patients, our staff and doctors, patients seen in-person will be asked to wear a mask.
This is certainly an emotional time, and while you may be young and healthy and without symptoms, physical distancing (2 m or 6 ft) is about protecting your loved ones, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
We can’t stress enough—please be patient and think of others. We wear masks to protect others (and ourselves from others, to some extent).
If you do have symptoms (cough, fever, or new shortness of breath), these could be symptoms of COVID-19, seasonal influenza or a cold. Either way, the safest approach is to isolate yourself for 14 days (the contagious period for someone with COVID-19). Please use the Province of BC’s online Screening Tool to get guidance, or call/email us and your doctor will speak with you and provide recommendations.
Doctors accepting patients
Unfortunately, at this time, none of our doctors are taking new patients.