The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region is encouraging everyone to protect themselves, their family and others in the community, as the annual influenza immunization campaign begins Monday, October 23, 2017.
“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.”
While the health region encourages everyone to get their influenza immunization, the focus for the public health clinics is for those most at risk – seniors and children.
"Children under 9 years of age can only receive their influenza vaccine through Public Health clinics, physician offices or Nurse Practitioners, while pharmacists can immunize those 9 years of age and older.” said Wanda Atcheson, Director of Public Health Services. “We have scheduled some Public Health influenza vaccine clinics with hours later in the day as well as on Saturdays, to help accommodate children and their parents.”
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 23, 2016. Public Health immunization clinics will be held throughout the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region until late November (see attached schedules by community and date). Influenza vaccine is also available from physician offices and pharmacists. Public Health is working with school divisions to offer influenza clinics at some schools during parent teacher conferences. These clinics and dates will be advertised through school communications. More information and updated schedules of Public Health clinics by location and date are online at www.paphr.ca/flu-shots.
People wanting more information about the influenza vaccine or clinics, can also contact Public Health offices in PAPHR, including:
- Prince Albert—306-765-6500 (Extension 4);
- 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 or 306-961-6217