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Oct 14
Even the healthiest people can get influenza. Public flu clinics begin this week.

Saskatoon – Steven Lund participates in Crossfit competitions and referees hockey games. Because of his age and his fitness level, the 21-year-old never imagined he’d get sick with influenza.

Steve Lund receives his flu vaccination.“I was basically bedridden for two days,” says Lund. “That’s when I decided I had to go figure out what was wrong with me.” A trip to the doctor and a test later, he found out that he had influenza.

“Young males ages 18 to 30 years old aren’t considered a high risk group, but it’s still so important for them to get immunized against influenza to protect themselves and the people around them who could be part of the high risk groups, such as pregnant partners, young children, people over the age of 65 or people with chronic health conditions,” says Dr. Shovita Padhi, Deputy Medical Health Officer.

Lund will be getting the flu shot this year and he advises others to do the same. “After feeling that bad, I don’t want to get the flu again,” says Lund.

To assist in the prevention of influenza, this year a new policy will be implemented requiring Saskatchewan’s health care workers to either get an influenza immunization or wear a mask in patient and client care areas during flu season. “This requirement is to protect the health of patients in our care and staff in all of our health facilities, clinics and long term care homes,” says Shelly McFadden, Director of Safety and Wellness. “The policy applies to all employees, physicians and volunteers in Saskatoon Health Region.”

Visitors to Region facilities will also be encouraged to mask if they have not received their influenza immunization. “The policy goes into effect when flu season is officially declared by Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, which is usually around mid-late November,” explains McFadden. “It will stay in effect until flu season is over in late March or April.”

The mass public influenza immunization clinics at Prairieland Park run from October 15-17 from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., October 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and October 25 from 9:00.am. to 3:00 p.m. For additional clinic information and flu information in general, visit www.4flu.ca.​

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