Vaccine Effectiveness and Safety
The flu vaccine is a safe, effective way to protect yourself and those close to you during the flu season.
Effectiveness depends on:
- The match between the vaccines strains and the influenza strains circulating in the community.
- The age and the immune response of the person being immunized.
The vaccine is most effective in people who are younger and otherwise healthy, such as children and adults. It is especially important for seniors and persons with underlying health conditions and pregnant women to get vaccinated. Even if a person gets influenza after getting immunized, they usually have a milder illness and are less likely to require hospitalization.
Report any severe, unusual or unexpected reactions to your local public health office, doctor or nurse practitioner as soon as possible.
Second dose required for:
- Children ages 6 months up to and including 8 years of age if this is the first year influenza vaccine is being administered.
Injectable vaccines are not a live vaccine and are recommended for individuals who are immunocompromised. These vaccines will be offered to everyone. Injectable vaccines being given in Saskatchewan this year are Fluzone® and FluLaval® Tetra.