Saskatoon – Saskatoon Health Region encourages anyone who has not yet received a seasonal influenza vaccine to get immunized.
“With the holiday season approaching, we hope that everyone sees the importance of being immunized for seasonal influenza,” says Dr. Simon Kapaj, Saskatoon Health Region’s Deputy Medical Health Officer. “Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza, including flu-related hospitalizations and deaths for those at risk of complications.”
Seasonal influenza poses serious health risks to the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems or other chronic health conditions, and their caregivers.
The last public influenza clinic was held on November 27, 2015. Those individuals who still want to be immunized can: •
- Call 306-655-4358 to book an appointment at a public health office. Please be advised that appointment availability may be limited depending on the volume of calls received.
- Make an appointment at a physician’s office.
- Visit a pharmacy (for people nine years of age and older).
For a list of physician offices and pharmacies that offer the influenza vaccine, visit www.4flu.ca.
As of November 21, a total of 69,206 people in the Region have been immunized; 52,198 by Public Health nurses and others, and 17,008 by pharmacists.