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Department of Health encourages flu shots as vaccines due in all communities by mid-month

Free flu shots are expected to be available in all Nunavut communities by mid-October and the Department of Health is encouraging Nunavummiut to get vaccinated.

"Since Covid-19 has very similar symptoms as a cold or the flu, it is important that those who are able get their flu shots do so. While the flu shot does not protect against other viruses or bacteria, it can help reduce pressure on our health system, especially if Covid-19 is confirmed in a community," the Department of Health stated in a Tuesday news release.

The sooner Nunavummiut receive the vaccine, they face less risk of getting sick from the flu, according to the health department.

It may be necessary to book flu shot appointments in advance due to Covid-19 precautions at health centres, the department advised.