Give Us Your Best Shot BC!
Our Mission of Advocacy on behalf of Canada’s Seniors
Officially, CARP (formerly known as the Canadian Association of Retired Persons) is Canada’s largest advocacy group with over 322,000 members as of the end of 2018.Despite our massive volunteer base of seniors, we do have a small team of professionals at our Toronto headquarters that works with government – primarily at the federal and provincial levels – to bring about change for all seniors in this country. From pension reform to fraud protection, affordable housing to universal pharmacare, we tackle the tough issues on behalf of those who typically do not like to ‘raise a stink’. With more people over the age of 65 in this country than there are under the age of 15, we talk loudly about the tendency of our leaders to discriminate, creating initiatives and devoting resources to the latter (smaller) group and limiting service for the larger senior demographic.
About the Campaign
As one of their major advocacy platforms in 2018, C.A.R.P. launched a program called ‘Stand Up Straight’. It was born out of an intense desire on the part of President Moses Znaimer to get seniors to ‘stand up’ for a better life by taking much more control of their life; their diet, their fitness, their financial status, their overall health… everything. It’s about taking firmer and more pro-active control, instead of being a reactive and passive observer.
This project is all about taking one strategic step to protect your health against the influenza virus by investing in yourself.
Ultimately we believe the vaccine’s against influenza should all be free. The initiative is all about how the CARP chapters in BC, headed up by the advocacy team with Richmond/Delta’s chapter, have a quick and easy way for you to do just that!
Most effective vaccine for all seniors is the “high dose” vaccine that is freely available in Ontario and New Brunswick but not yet in B.C. We have to pay $70 – $100 per shot for the vaccine we need the most so until our BC leaders provide it as part of the BC medical plan we want to help you get it as early as possible.
We are going to help you fight influenza this upcoming season, in the best possible manner.
Now, you know it’s coming. You know it’s going to be another bad season. What you may not know is you can actually do something pro-active about it to maximize your protection!
Get your influenza shot, yes… but not just the regular vaccine. Read on to discover why you should take charge of your health by getting a high-dose flu shot. (Or if you’ve already decided your health is worth a small investment, then click the link directly below.)
Influenza – commonly but wrongly shortened to ‘the flu’ – has been around for centuries. Despite the common nature of this virus, it wasn’t until the 1940’s that an effective vaccine was created. Influenza vaccines are proven to be a safe and effective way to help people stay healthy, prevent illness, and even save lives. However, as people age, they tend to be at higher risk of complications from influenza. Influenza can also lead to many more complications for people who have heart, lung or other health conditions, which can sometimes even be fatal.1 For this reason, seniors age 65 years and older are advised to get an inactivated influenza vaccine, or flu shot, each year. Unfortunately, standard influenza vaccines are generally about half as effective among older adults compared to younger adults.
To address the need for better influenza vaccines for older adults, a high-dose version of the flu vaccine was approved for use in the US in 2009 and in Canada in 2015. Called Fluzone High-Dose, this vaccine has demonstrated superior protection compared to the standard dose vaccine and according to Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), in their 2018-2019 seasonal influenza vaccine statement, they state that…
" At an individual level, NACI recommends that high-dose TIV should be offered over standard-dose TIV
to persons 65 years of age and older. "
Based on the higher protection of the high-dose vaccine and NACI’s recommendation, several provinces currently cover high-dose vaccinations for seniors. British Columbia, however, is not one of them. And as you may or may not know, CARP is currently advocating for this on your behalf, both as part of a provincial lobbying group and as part of the universal pharmacare (all prescription medications) program in Canada.
Since the Fluzone High Dose vaccination was introduced 10 years ago or so, hundreds of millions of people have been vaccinated against influenza, without incident and, for the most part, with a very discernable positive effect. So, until B.C.’s Ministry of Health do decide to fund it – if they ever do – we are forced to make a decision: rely on the standard dose for protection… or purchase the superior product on our own.
Which is where the CARP BC Fluzone High Dose Initiative comes in to the picture. We are doing our best to make it easy and convenient for those – that see the value of protecting themselves to their best possible ability – to get the high-dose vaccination.
We have enlisted the support of the London Drugs and Save-on Food Pharmacies groups so that you can register here and sign up for your own personal vaccine at the closest location to you, with a guaranteed price for the vaccine!
If you register with us before October 29th, both companies will honour a flat $75.00 charge (per dose), including everything – all dispensing fees, all professional charges and all taxes.
And with October 1st being National Senior’s Day, CARP BC is honouring this day of recognition by offering this unique opportunity – in conjunction with the ‘Stand Up Straight’ initiative – to take control of a small part of the way you can choose to live.
We’d love to have you join us!
This is your exclusive opportunity to take more effective control of your health as you face the 2018-2019 flu season. And tell your friends, whether they belong to CARP or not!
Our FACES Initiative
We have identified 5 key areas for action that reflect the experiences of seniors across Canada.
We are calling it the ‘FACES’ of Canada’s Seniors…
- Financial security
- Abuse prevention
- Caregiving and housing supports
- Exceptional health care
- Social inclusion
Our plan puts a real face on the issues affecting Canada’s seniors.
Together, we can make Canada the best place to age.
Things you can do…
- Become a CARP Member.
- Support the call for a National Seniors Strategy.
- Remind the Prime Minister that seniors matter email: email@example.com
- Raise seniors’ issues with your local MO’s/candidates.
Join the Chapter near you