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Manitobans Encouraged to Roll Up for Annual Flu Vaccine

October 9, 2018 1:29 PM | News

Flu Shot

A child receives a seasonal flu shot at a health clinic in Elmsdale, N.S. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

WINNIPEG — Manitobans are once again being asked to roll up their sleeves and get the annual flu shot.

Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced the annual influenza immunization campaign Tuesday in Morden.

“Getting the flu vaccine is important for the health of all Manitobans, but especially for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers, and close family and friends,” said Friesen.

“Every Manitoban knows an infant, a senior, someone with diabetes or asthma, or someone seeking treatment for cancer. Because of this, I encourage Manitobans to protect themselves, as well as others, by getting their no-charge flu immunization this fall.”

According to numbers released by the province, 46 people with lab-confirmed cases of the flu died in Manitoba last winter. Another 35 were admitted into intensive care units.

The flu vaccine is available free of charge at local public health offices, nursing stations, doctors’ offices, and Access Centres. Pharmacists can also provide immunization services to people seven years of age and older.