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Influenza has arrived! It's not too late to get your flu shot!

Influenza has arrived and is increasing. People can still get a flu shot by calling their local Public Health Office (telephone numbers below) or their doctor.

Dr. Shauna Hudson, SCHR Medical Health Officer, says it's not too late to get a flu shot. With the increase in visiting and close contact experienced over the holiday season, she says people in SCHR need to take steps to prevent the spread of the flu.

If you want to receive a flu shot, please contact the Public Health Office near you to book an appointment.

Public Health Offices:
Estevan Public Health - 637-3626
Weyburn Public Health - 842-8618
Kipling Public Health - 736-2522
Redvers Public Health - 452-4020
Carlyle Public Health - 453-6131
Coronach Public Health - 267-5705 or 869-2555
Radville Public Health - 869-2555
Oxbow Public Health - 483-2313 

Many of the initial cases in Canada have been H1N1. She strongly recommends seasonal influenza vaccine, which protects against H1N1, for everyone but especially those at high risk for complications from influenza.

In addition to getting the flu shot, help prevent the spread of influenza to friends and family by using proper handwashing techniques. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer and use cough etiquette (sneezing into your sleeve). 

If you have not had your flu shot this year - please help us protect our vulnerable patients and residents and wear a mask when you are visiting your friends and family members in our health care facilities.

Dr. Hudson also reminds people not to visit our long term facilities and hospitals when they have a cold or influenza. "People can decrease the risk of spreading influenza and other respiratory infections by not visiting long term care residents when they have cold and flu symptoms," she says.

Some of the individuals who will benefit most from influenza immunization include:

  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • People with chronic health conditions, weakened immune systems, or severe obesity  
  • Pregnant women (during any trimester)
  • Children from 6 months of age to 59 months of age

Other groups that are also a priority for immunization include:

  • Household members and close contacts of infants under 6 months of age
  • Child care and day care workers

You can obtain more information about the influenza virus, influenza vaccines, and other facts about influenza at these web sites: 

 

 

Posted - December 23, 2013

 

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