Saskatoon - If you’ve missed out on getting the flu vaccine so far, Saskatoon Health Region wants everyone aged six months and up to know there’s still time to get immunized.
“Getting your influenza immunization is the best way to protect yourself and your family,” says Manager of Disease Control Karen Grauer. “It’s not too late to take advantage of the free vaccine.”
Upcoming drop-in flu clinics include:
Jan. 31, noon to 4 p.m., Station 20 West, 1120 20th St. W.
Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Watrous Civic Centre
Feb. 5, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Public Health North East office, 108-407 Ludlow St.
Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to noon, Public Health South East office, 3006 Taylor St.
Some physician offices are offering flu vaccine to individuals medically at risk, along with their families, if they are unable to attend a clinic.
From February 3 to 7,
individual appointments are also available, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, for people aged six months and older. Appointments can be booked through a local public health office. Severely immunocompromized people (those receiving cancer treatment, on dialysis or who recently had transplant surgery) should call 306-655-4612 to book an individual immunization appointment.
Influenza vaccine is offered to children and family members through routine childhood immunization visits. Postpartum mothers are offered vaccine before discharge from the hospital.
Most people between two years and 59 years of age will receive FluMist, a vaccine sprayed into the nostrils. Those not eligible for FluMist receive injectable vaccine, including children six to 23 months of age, pregnant women, those over 60 years old, immunocompromised people, and health-care workers in direct contact with the immunocompromised in care facilities.
Since the flu immunization program began on October 21, 79,415 people, including health-care workers, have been immunized.
www.4flu.ca for complete influenza information including information about upcoming clinics.