The Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus that infects the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Influenza (flu), a contagious viral disease, can usually be prevented by getting immunized with a flu vaccine. The inactivated influenza vaccine contains several different strains of killed influenza viruses that are most likely to be circulating within the population in a given year. This vaccine is injected into a muscle, usually in the upper arm. The body develops antibodies to fight off the similar strains of influenza within about 2 weeks.

The vaccine is reformulated every year because the influenza viruses change in ways that make a previous year’s vaccine ineffective. In Canada, the United States, and other temperate areas of the northern hemisphere, flu epidemics usually occur in the winter. To be fully protected, you need to be immunized each year.

On your schedule

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  • Schedule an appointment
  • Enter your personal information
  • Fill out a COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire
  • Fill out an Influenza Consent and Questionnaire
  • Paperless consent provided securely to Sparkle Pharmacy
  • You will receive Email/Text reminders
  • Just remember to show up in a short-sleeve shirt, and a mask, please.

Staying safe together

To help ensure the safety of our patients and the pharmacy team:

  • Our immunization area will include well-established physical distancing
  • We have hired a nurse to conduct our flu vaccinations to allow us to continue dispensing safely
  • Patients will be required to wear face coverings and answer COVID-19 screening questions
  • Wearing short sleeve shirts for easy injection is recommended
  • Filling out consent & questionnaires online allow less paper handling and exposures

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Frequently Asked Questions


Influenza, or flu, and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses but caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Due to similar symptoms, it may be hard to tell the difference between flu and COVID-19 based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to confirm a diagnosis.

Both COVID-19 and flu can have varying degrees of signs and symptoms, ranging from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms. Common symptoms that COVID-19 and flu share include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain or body ache
  • Headache
  • Vomiting or diarrhea (more common in children)

Since there is currently no vaccine available for COVID-19. Be sure to follow the CDC’s helpful guide to protect yourself from the virus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

Here are simple steps you can take to help prevent getting the flu7-8

  • CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older protect themselves with a flu shot each year
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol