Flu shot season is back and Alberta Health Services wants to remind everyone about the importance of being vaccinated, despite how "healthy" you may be.

While highly encouraged for the young, old, and those who are immune-compromised, it's best if everyone has it done so it protects everyone around you.

Deputy Medical Officer of Health with AHS, Dr. Kristin Klein, says we all need a flu shot.

"Healthy people should also get the vaccines as it not only protects them but those around them as well."

Despite the popular myth a flu vaccine can make you sick, Dr. Klein says that's not the case.

"The vaccine contains four different strains of the flu, but it's not an active virus, so it can't cause any kind of infection itself."

Starting Monday, October 15 and running off and on over the fall and winter, flu shots will be available free of charge at clinics around Alberta, as well as most pharmacies.

 

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