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Tue. Nov 19th, 2019

Roadtripping Juans

Adventures in Canada and Beyond

It’s the Flu Season in Canada

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Flu Season

It’s the flu season and I got hit with the flu bug last week.

As such, I would like to apologize to regular readers of Roadtripping Juans for a bit of delay in rolling out new articles. When I say regular readers, that means my wife and 2 kids. They are practically the only ones I know who has enough patience to read through my weekly ramblings.

Anyway, I got the flu bug last week. It seems too early because, well, it is. Flu season usually sets in during late fall or early winter season.

I guess, sometimes, you can also be hit by the bug as soon as school season starts. In North America, that means September. Your child can pick up the virus from school. Before you know it, it has already spread through the household.

Luckily, in Canada, most provinces have health programs (i.e. Medicard) that cover the cost of flu shots. All you need to do is make an appointment with your family doctor, present your provincial health card and you’ll get your flu shot. Your doctor will charge the cost of the vaccine to your province.

In the Philippines, we don’t have such programs. You need to either have your own private medical insurance or be covered by your company’s own health benefits. Either way, you need to ensure that regular flu vaccines are covered for you and your family.

Personally, this was one of the major selling points when we were deciding to move the family from the Philippines to Canada. Free public health services and coverage of Canadian provinces are top-notch.

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