There is snow on the ground, and with that, flu season is officially here. Saskatchewan Health Authority is reminding people to keep themselves and their loved ones safe this flu season by getting their flu shots.
Flu shots are now available in Saskatchewan. The flu shot is available at no charge to those with a valid Saskatchewan Health Card.
Early vaccination means you are better protected. The flu vaccine is a safe, effective way to help people stay healthy, prevent illness and save lives. The flu vaccine is a safe, effective way to protect yourself and those around you during the flu season. Its effectiveness depends on the match between the vaccine strains and the influenza strains circulating in the community; and the age and the immune response of the person being immunized.
The vaccine is available through public health clinics across the province, some physician and nurse practitioner offices and in local pharmacies. Anyone 6 months and older can receive the flu vaccine. Children 0-5 years must be vaccinated at a public health clinic. When going for a flu shot, bring your Saskatchewan health card with you to receive immunization and be prepared to wait an additional 15 minutes after receiving your immunization.
Getting vaccinated is especially important for people at high-risk of influenza complications (pregnant women, young children, elderly, persons with underlying health conditions, immune-compromised) and their caregivers.
Other ways to protect yourself against influenza includes frequent hand washing, coughing and sneezing into your sleeve, cleaning surfaces often and staying home when you are sick.
A flu clinic will be held on November 4th from 2:30pm – 7:00pm at the North Ridge Community Centre in Martensville.