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The flu shot is the best way to avoid getting influenza because it stimulates the body to produce antibodies against the influenza virus.

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Flu clinics begin

Influenza immunization clinics for the public began all across Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

SCHR strongly recommends seasonal influenza vaccine for everyone. The Region’s priority in the initial weeks of the program is to protect the people who are most at risk for complications from influenza but everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot.

Individuals who will benefit most from influenza immunization include:

  • Adults 65 years of age and older
  • People with chronic health conditions or severe obesity
  • Pregnant women (during any trimester)
  • Residents of nursing homes or other care facilities
  • Children from 6 months of age to 23 months of age

Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for SCHR says “we also want to protect the family members and contacts of the individuals listed above so they don’t spread influenza to the people most at risk for complications.”

The 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 who provide care to children younger than 2 years of age, and
  • Health care workers, health care students, and health care volunteers.

Check out all the dates and locations of influenza immunization clinics in SCHR at: http://www.suncountry.sk.ca/viewnews/194/175/community-advisory.html

You can find also out about upcoming flu clinics by checking out the Events Calendar on the SCHR home page at http://www.suncountry.sk.ca or by calling your local Public Health Office at:

Weyburn Public Health  - 842-8618
Estevan Public Health   - 637-3626
Carlyle Public Health    -  453-6131
Coronach                    - 869-2555
Kipling Public Health    -   736-2522  
Oxbow Public Health    - 483-2313 
Radville Public Health   -  869-2555 
Redvers Health Centre - 452-3464

Dr. Hudson also reminds people not to visit long term care facilities 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 influenza symptoms,” she says.

In addition to getting the flu shot, the public can also 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).

Posted oct 12.

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