Flu Shot Clinics Opening Soon, Available to All Manitobans

Winnipeg Free Press humour columnist Doug Speirs rolls up his sleeve and gets a flu shot from Registered Nurse Tricia Coulter at the Notre Dame Recreational Centre in this October 2010 file photo. (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA)

The province’s annual flu vaccine will be available to all Manitobans this year.

The influenza immunization program announced Friday will be free of charge to anyone who wants it.

“The flu shot can help many Manitobans stay well during the flu season,” Health Minister Theresa Oswald said in a release. “It’s particularly important for those who provide care to others, like our dedicated health-care workers. By choosing to be vaccinated, they’re strengthening the front lines of health care for themselves, patients and their families.”

Anyone with an increased risk of contracting the flu should get the shot.

Public flu clinics will be setup beginning this month, or citizens can also visit their family doctor.

Manitobans can contact Health Links-Info Santé at (204) 788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 for more information, or by visiting Manitoba.ca/flu.