The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region is encouraging everyone to protect themselves, as the annual influenza immunization campaign begins Monday, October 19, 2015.
“Proper hand hygiene, cough etiquette and immunization combine to reduce the risk of getting and spreading influenza,” said Dr. Khami Chokani, Medical Health Officer. “We want everyone to get the vaccine so they can protect themselves, their family and others in the community.”
Dr. Chokani reminds the public to get their influenza immunization as early as possible. Many people who received the vaccine last year came after there was an increase in influenza cases. The vaccine is most effective in reducing risk of illness, when received before the virus begins to widely circulate.
The annual influenza immunization campaign will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015. Public Health immunization clinics will be held throughout the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region until late November (see attached schedules by community). Influenza vaccine is also available from physician offices. An updated schedule of Public Health clinics is online at www.princealbertparklandhealth.com.
The Health Region has adopted a policy that will require staff members, physicians and volunteers, students and other contractors working in patient care areas (including facilities, clinics and home visits) to either have received the influenza vaccine or wear a mask. The public will also be asked to wear a mask (available at all facilities) when they visit a hospital or long-term care facility, if they have not received the influenza vaccine. This policy will go into effect once the Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer declares the start of the influenza season.
Residents 6 months of age and older can get the injectable vaccine as soon as the flu clinics start on October 19th. The nasal spray vaccine (FluMist), an option for children between the ages of 2-17 years, will be available before the end of October.
People wanting more information about the influenza vaccine or clinics, can also contact Public Health offices in PAPHR, including:
- Prince Albert—306-765-6506;
- Spiritwood—306-883-4470; and
- Big River—306-469-2505
For more information or to arrange interviews contact:
Doug Dahl, Communication Officer
306-765-6409 of 306-961-6217