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Protect your loved ones

Sun Country Health Region Public Health Nurses have focused their efforts for the past two weeks on immunizing people at increased risk of complications from influenza. Those flu shots have been free of charge.

Starting Monday, Oct. 27, already-scheduled influenza clinics will be opened to the general public. For a fee of $20, or $25 if two doses are required, Public Health Nurses will immunize all other residents.

The vaccine for people at high risk from influenza will still be free of charge.

"Vaccination against influenza not only protects you from influenza but it also protects your loved ones" says Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for Sun Country Health Region.

"If you don't get influenza, you can't spread it to your children, your grandparents or your family members with chronic health conditions," she says.

Dr. Hudson promotes influenza vaccine for everyone. "If you don't think you need a flu shot to protect yourself, think about doing your part to protect your loved ones," she says.

"And remember, just like your mother said, frequent hand washing also reduces the spread of diseases like influenza."

The flu clinics will continue into November.

A full schedule is available on the events calendar, on the home page of this website or from any Public Health Department.

Contact: Weyburn Public Health 842-8618; Carlyle Community Health 453-2366; Coronach Health Centre 276-5705; Redvers Health Centre 452-3464; Galloway Health Centre 842-2313; Kipling Community Health 736-2112; St. Joseph's Hospital 637-8629.
Dr. Hudson continues to encourage people at increased risk of influenza-related complications to drop by one of these clinics to be immunized. "Protect yourself," she says.

Influenza vaccine is provided without charge to people at high risk including:
• children aged six months to 23 months,
• adults over 65 years of age,
• pregnant women, and
• children and adults with certain chronic health conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, heart and lung diseases.

October, 2008

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