Flu clinics across the city will begin administering the annual influenza vaccine to the public on Tuesday.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is running 12 clinics from October 22 to Saturday, October 26.
“It’s important to get the flu shot every year,” Health Minister Erin Selby said. “Each flu season is unique and getting the free shot can help keep your family and those you care about healthy this winter.”
Manitobans are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot.
The annual influenza immunization program launched province-wide Tuesday. Anyone in close contact with individuals at increased risk for influenza-related complications, such as health-care workers, first responders and household contacts and caregivers, are a focus for influenza immunization.
Health Minister Theresa Oswald received a shot during a photo-op at a QuickCare clinic in Winnipeg this morning.
“When people get the shot they are protecting themselves as well as their friends and families who might be at an increased risk of serious illness,” Oswald said. “The flu shot is available at no charge to all Manitobans and can help people stay well during the flu season.”
Specific clinic dates and locations are available at Manitoba.ca/flu and by calling Health Links-Info Santé at (204) 788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.
Annual flu shot clinics will begin running in less than a week throughout Winnipeg.
From October 16-20, the public can attend one of 12 clinics and receive their annual influenza vaccine.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is staffing the city-wide clinics (see above map), while regional health authorities facilitate their own vaccinations. Details on rural clinics can be found at gov.mb.ca.
Further information on the seasonal flu or pneumococcal immunization can be found by calling Health Links-Info Santé at (204) 788-8200 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-888-315-9257.
Late afternoon Tuesday, just before the Winnipeg Jets held their first ever open practice and skills competition at MTS Centre, players and coaches received their flu shots from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
“I feel it is important to receive a flu shot because remaining in top health throughout a long, grinding hockey schedule is difficult,” Jets captain Andrew Ladd said in a release.
Assistant coach Charlie Huddy and players Nik Antropov, Kyle Wellwood, Ondrej Pavelec, and Eric Fehr were among several Jets to receive a shot and lollipop from WRHA nurses in the Matt Frost Media Centre.
“When you have large groups of people together, there is an increased risk for transmission of germs and viruses like influenza,” Arlene Wilgosh, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority president and CEO said. “We’d like Jets fans and every member of the public to get vaccinated so they don’t get the flu and miss a game or any other important event.”
While currently sitting in fifth in the Southeast Division with a record of 6-9-3, the Jets can ill afford to come down with a team-wide sickness anytime soon. They face the division-leading Washington Capitals and conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers this week before heading out on a three-game road trip through Washington, Carolina, and Boston.
Get the shot, not the flu. That’s the message you’ll be hearing a lot of beginning today, as the influenza immunization clinics open.
Today until October 22, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is holding free flu shot clinics in every corner of the city. Other health authorities are also holding their own clinics in their respective jurisdictions across the province.
Again this year, the shot is available to all Manitobans who want to receive it.
Most clinics are open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the location nearest you, visit WRHA.mb.ca, or call (204) 956-SHOT.
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.
Manitobans are once again being encouraged to get the flu shot, as the province has recorded its first case of H1N1 this year.
The individual with H1N1 is in their 20s and resides in the Central Health Region. They were not hospitalized as a result.
On Monday, provincial health officials provided an update on the flu situation, saying 343 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A and one laboratory-confirmed case of influenza B have been reported in Manitoba to January 1. From December 26 to January 1, there were 40 new cases influenza A.
In Winnipeg alone, there are 124 confirmed flu cases, making up for the most in any one region. Brandon and Churchill have the lowest with only two cases in each region.
Cases have come from all age groups, with the highest number (58 cases) in the 79 and over age group and the lowest number (nine cases) in the 15 to 19 year age group.
Thirty-four people have been hospitalized due to the flu, making for six admissions to intensive-care units and three deaths up until January 1.
Flu shots are free for all Manitobans and are available from family doctors and public health nurses.