The first flu vaccine clinic of the season was held at Rainbow Hall in Canora on October 19.
Kelly Strelioff, Canora Public Health Nurse, said 261 individuals were immunized throughout the day. Clients at the clinics are pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms, asked to perform hand hygiene, and wear masks, which are available at the clinics.
Through its website, SHA (Saskatchewan Health Authority) reminds residents to “Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this flu season. Early vaccination means you are better protected. The flu vaccine is a safe, effective way to help people stay healthy, prevent illness and save lives.”
The vaccine is available through public health clinics across the province, some physician and nurse practitioner offices and in local pharmacies, continued the website information. Anyone six months and older can receive the flu vaccine. Children age six months to five years must be immunized at a public health clinic, or by a physician or nurse practitioner.
Getting vaccinated is especially important for people at high-risk of influenza complications (pregnant women, young children, elderly, persons with underlying health conditions, immune-compromised) and their caregivers.
When visiting a clinic for vaccination, residents need to:
- Bring your Saskatchewan health card with you to receive your immunization.
- Be prepared to wait an additional 15 minutes after receiving your immunization.
Upcoming clinics in Canora include:
- November 2 – Rainbow Hall, walk-in clinic,
- November 16 - Canora Health and Wellness Centre, clinic by appointment only,
- November 28 – Rainbow Hall, walk-in clinic, and
- December 7 and 17– Canora Health and Wellness Centre, clinics by appointment only,