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Public Flu Clinics Starting Soon

October 5, 2016―Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority’s public flu clinics will begin the week of October 17. The public is encouraged to attend any of the 100 public flu clinics being held across the region, see their regular care providers or local pharmacists that offer flu shots. 

The theme of this year’s flu campaign is Get vaccinated. Don’t spread the flu. This campaign reminds people that a flu shot provides protection against the flu and helps prevent transmission to those with weakened immune systems and those with health conditions.

The flu can spread easily from one person to another through coughing, sneezing or by touching objects contaminated with the flu virus and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.  In addition to getting immunized with a flu vaccine every fall, Manitobans can minimize the risk of spreading the flu by covering coughs and sneezes and washing their hands regularly.

Melody Hawryluk, immunization coordinator and public health nurse for Interlake-Eastern RHA, said the region is expecting good turn out this year.

“As soon as the leaves start turning, we know cold and flu season is around the corner,” Hawryluk said. “An annual flu shot is recommended and provided free of charge to all Manitobans six months of age and older. The flu vaccine offers protection against four seasonal flu strains. Getting immunized against the flu every year is especially important for Manitobans who are at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts.”

The following people should consider getting the shot:

  • seniors age 65 or older,
  • residents of personal care homes or long-term care facilities,
  • children age six months to five years,
  • those with chronic illness,
  • pregnant women,
  • health-care workers and first responders,
  • individuals of Indigenous ancestry,
  • people who are severely overweight or obese, and
  • as determined by primary health-care providers.

Manitobans over the age of 65 should also get a pneumococcal vaccine for free at the same time as the seasonal flu vaccine. Most adults only need one pneumococcal vaccine in their lifetime.

For a complete listing of Interlake-Eastern RHA flu clinics, click here.

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