Annual influenza vaccine clinics will start operating later this month.
Saskatchewan residents with a valid health card can get their flu shot starting the week of Oct. 21 at public health clinics, local pharmacies, and some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices.
“Although there have been delays in the delivery of this year’s influenza vaccine, the Ministry of Health has confirmed with Health Canada that Saskatchewan will receive vaccine to support the provincial program start date the week of October 21,” Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.
Flu shots are recommended for those at higher risk, including seniors, people with underlying chronic health conditions, children under five, and pregnant women. Seniors often have chronic health conditions (like heart or lung disease or diabetes) and weaker immune systems, which makes them particularly vulnerable to complications from influenza.
Due to public venues being used as polling stations for the Federal Elections, some locations will be launching on Monday Oct. 21, and others later in the week. The most up-to-date information on drop-in clinic times and locations can be founds at the Saskatchewan Health Authority website at https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/Services-Locations/flu.
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Pharmacists can administer the free flu shot to residents five years and older, during home visits, and in congregate living settings. Children under five and non-Saskatchewan residents can be vaccinated at a public health clinic.
A list of pharmacies that provide the free flu shot can be found at the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan website at http://www.skpharmacists.ca/patients/flu-shots or through a local pharmacy if they offer it. More than 340 pharmacies will offer free flu vaccinations this season.
Information on influenza immunization in Saskatchewan is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/flu. For advice on influenza symptoms and when to seek care, people can call HealthLine 811 or visit www.healthlineonline.ca.
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