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Influenza immunization (flu shots) still available

Influenza arrived in Sun Country Health Region in the middle of January when the first cases were reported. 

The Region's Public Health Team encourages everyone to get an annual influenza shot to protect themselves and to protect their loved ones! All individuals six months of age and older are eligible to receive an influenza vaccine.

High-risk groups for influenza include:

  • people with chronic health conditions (for example - lung and/or heart disease, asthma, cancer, kidney disease, etc.)
  • people 65 years of age and older,
  • residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities,
  • people with severe obesity,
  • children under five years of age,
  • children on long term aspirin therapy,
  • pregnant women.

Influenza immunization is also recommended for people who are in close contact with individuals at higher risk for serious disease. All health care professionals should be immunized to protect themselves and their clients, patients and residents from influenza.

The list of those in contact with high risk individuals are: 

  • members of households expecting a baby,
  • members of households with a baby less than six (6) years of age,
  • household and close contacts of persons who are at risk of getting seriously ill with influenza,
  • health care workers, health science students, and volunteers working in health care settings,
  • individuals providing regular child care to children up to 59 months of age (younger than five years old) either in or out of the home, and
  • people who work with poultry or hogs.

Influenza is a contagious viral disease of the respiratory system that can be spread by coughing, sneezing, or touching surfaces like door handles and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

In addition to getting a flu shot, the spread of influenza can be limited through infection prevention methods such as frequent hand washing, coughing and sneezing into the sleeve, cleaning surfaces often, and by staying at home when you are sick.

General information on influenza and its prevention can be found at: http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/diseases-and-conditions/influenza 

The weekly flu report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health is available at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government-structure/ministries/health/other-reports/influenza-reports

Please Note:

 Influenza vaccine will be provided from October 19, 2015 to March 31, 2016 to children who are six (6) months of age but less than nine (9) years of age at the time of immunization.  For those children, aged six (6) months to under nine (9) years of age receiving their first influenza immunization, a second dose is required one month later and this will be available until April 30, 2016.

Please check with your local Public Health Office for clinic dates for these children.

If you have missed the earlier Influenza Clinic(s) in your area and would like to receive the flu vaccine, please contact the Public Health Office near you to book your appointment.

Contact a Public Health Nurse in your area at:

  • Weyburn Public Health           306-842-8618
  • Coronach Public Health          306-267-5705
  • Radville Public Health            306-869-3351
  • Kipling Public Health             306-736-2112
  • Carlyle Public Health              306-453-6131
  • Redvers Public Health            306-452-4020
  • Oxbow Public Health             306-483-2313
  • Estevan Public Health             306-637-3626

Revised Jan. 19

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