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Jan 03
Influenza on the rise, additional clinic available

Saskatoon – Cases of influenza, including cases of H1N1, are on the rise. Saskatoon Health Region has set up an additional mass immunization clinic to offer free vaccine once again this flu season:

Saturday January 11, 12:30pm to 4pm
West Winds Primary Health Centre
3311 Fairlight Drive, Saskatoon

“The vaccine is effective in preventing the dominant strain of influenza observed, which is H1N1,” says Deputy Medical Health Officer Dr. Shovita Padhi. “Getting your influenza immunization is the best tool we have at our disposal to protect yourself, your family and others.”

To date, Saskatoon Health Region reports 31 hospitalizations from influenza, with 22 of these occurring since December 23.

“The most efficient way to get immunized is by attending a clinic, so thank you to the thousands of people who made the responsible decision to be immunized early in the campaign in 2013.”

During the first round of public and Saskatoon Health Region staff clinics, held from October 21 to December 14, 2013, 62,912 people were immunized at 49 public clinics, 14 physician offices, 16 medical practices, 31 senior high rises and through Region occupational health and safety offices.

For those outside of Saskatoon, or with extenuating circumstances who are unable to attend a clinic, immunization appointments are available by calling specific physician or public health office.

Saskatoon Health Region physicians, volunteers and employees have access to vaccine until March 31 at their occupational health and safety offices or through local public health offices or peer nurse influenza immunizers.

Influenza is a serious and highly infectious respiratory illness which is typically associated with fever and chills, cough, muscle aches, headache, fatigue and runny nose. The disease affects up to one in five Canadians in any given year. People with pre-existing medical conditions and adults over 65 years old can experience serious illness and even death.

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