2016-2017 influenza campaign
Influenza vaccine is free for everyone from October 31, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
All our public drop-in clinics have been completed and an appointment will need to be booked by calling the FluLine at 306-655-4358 or toll free at 1-877-757-4358. Appointment times are very limited. You may also receive influenza vaccine at a physician office or for those over 9 years of age, at a pharmacy. For a complete listing of physician offices and pharmacies offering influenza vaccine, click here.
Although FluMist® nasal spray was offered as part of the provincial influenza program for children the past two years, a recent study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, showed that the effectiveness of FluMist® vaccine decreased significantly over time. The committee recommended no longer using FluMist vaccine.
The Canadian expert committee, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), published a statement on August 17, 2016, supporting the use of either injectable influenza vaccine or FluMist® in children 2 to 17 years of age. The statement confirmed that FluMist® is no longer the preferential vaccine for this age group.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has reviewed all of the available evidence and recommendations. The Ministry decided to use only injectable influenza vaccine for the 2016-2017 influenza season in Saskatchewan.
To view the NACI statement, click here.
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Saskatchewan Ministry of Health