Getting a flu vaccine ‘makes sense’ for area residents

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Three-year-old Ryden Lucas snuggles in close to his mom, Terri, before community health nurse Denise Graham vaccinates him against influenza using the FluMist nasal spray. Ryden was vaccinated at a Western Health walk-in clinic at the Salvation Army on Citadel Drive on Tuesday.

CORNER BROOK  Ryden Lucas begins playschool today, and his mom wants him to be as prepared as possible.

That’s why Terri Lucas took her three-year-old to get an influenza vaccine on Tuesday.

Western Health offered a walk-in clinic at the Salvation Army on Citadel Drive in Corner Brook from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vaccines were provided to healthy people between the ages of two and 59, and to pregnant women.

For Ryden, it was his first time getting a flu vaccine.

“I stay at home with him and, really, we just didn’t see a need to do it before,” said Terri. “But where he’s going to be going out with other kids now ... it just seemed to make sense.”

Both Terri and Ryden were vaccinated and both were able to receive the flu vaccine through a nasal mist.

It’s the first time the province has offered the vaccine this way, which consists of two sprays of FluMist, one in each nostril.

Terri received the vaccine first, just to show Ryden how easy it was. She was glad she didn’t have to subject her son to a needle.

“I’m sure he’d be OK with it, but it’s easier with the mist, that’s for sure,” she said. “It’s a much more pleasant experience.”

Still, Ryden was a little hesitant when it was his turn to be vaccinated, but the promise of a blueberry/pomegranate smoothie seemed to convince him to do it.

“It was not scary,” he said after it was all over.

Vicki Anderson was one of those to get the vaccine through an injection. She said it’s only the second time she’s opted for a flu vaccine, with the first being about four years ago during the H1N1 pandemic.

With H1N1 being the predominant strain showing up in flu cases this year, Anderson felt it was time to get vaccinated again.

“My concern is because of the population that it seems to be affecting mostly,” she said. “So I thought it would be pro-active to get this vaccination.”

Reading about a death related to the flu occurring in the western region only strengthened her thoughts on getting vaccinated. Because she works with the public, Anderson said it’s likely she will be exposed to the virus.

“So it just makes good sense. It’s a second and it’s done,” she said. “It’s short-term pain for long-term gain.”

Flu clinics rescheduled

Weather and road conditions in the Daniel’s Harbour area on Tuesday led Western Health to cancel an influenza vaccine clinic planned for the afternoon.

The clinic has been rescheduled to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

With bad weather forecasted for today, the health authority has also cancelled clinics scheduled for this morning in Parsons Pond, Woody Point, Trout River and Port aux Basques.

The clinics in Parsons Pond, Woody Point, Trout River have also been rescheduled to Friday.

Western Health will advise later this morning whether or not the afternoon clinic in Port aux Basques will go ahead.

More information on vaccination clinics in the western region can be found on Western Health’s website at www.westernhealth.nl.ca.

Organizations: Salvation Army on Citadel Drive in

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Parsons Pond, Trout River Port aux Basques

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  • Jackie Barrett - Singled Out For Flu Mist Despite Being Healthy
    January 22, 2014 - 13:58

    Recently, I went to Western Health's "Flu Clinic" in Meadows to get the Flu Mist, and I got turned away even though I have no health problems. I got turned away as I live with a relative battling a terminal disease, like that's none of Western Health's business. Since very healthy people like myself are being turned away for the Flu Mist because a relative has a heart problem, cancer, or other major illnesses like me, it seems that Western Health are discriminating against healthy people living with a relative battling a terminal disease like myself. I don't know about everybody else, but I'm sure there are many healthy people like me being turned away for Flu Mist due to living with a family member, which is very unjust as they don't want to spread flu to their love ones whom have weak immune systems due to cancer or heart disease. I have no grudge against the Meadows Clinic nurses as they were just doing their job, however, I do have a grudge against their employer, Western Health, for singling out healthy people living with ill relatives like myself. If you got singled out for Flu Mist despite being healthy, I encourage you to file a complaint against Western Health as well as the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Minister, Susan Sullivan. As for Western Health, just because I'm living with someone battling a terminal disease doesn't mean I should be singled out, especially when I'm healthy. On behalf of all Western Newfoundlanders and Labradorians singled out for Flu Mist despite having no health conditions, SHAME ON YOU.