Two weeks remaining in influenza immunization campaign

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Flu Clinic will be hosted during Swift Current Bronco game on Nov. 2

The Cypress Health Region is offering a total of 35 clinics in 19 communities in order to combat influenza.

A total of 35 clinics will be offered in 19 communities across the Cypress Health Region this fall in order to combat influenza.

The Cypress Health Region kicked off their seasonal influenza immunization campaign on Oct. 21, with clinic opportunities running during a four week period through to Nov. 15. Influenza vaccines are available to all Saskatchewan residents at no cost and anyone can attend any of the available public clinics to receive their immunization.

"Influenza is more serious than the common cold and can cause significant illness and even death, especially in more vulnerable populations. Getting your seasonal influenza shot helps protect you and those around you," commented Dr. David Torr, Consulting Medical Health Officer for the Cypress Health Region. "In addition to getting your flu shot, remember to use other methods that help reduce spreading influenza like washing your hands often, frequently cleaning commonly touched flat surfaces such as door handles, railings, and tables, staying home if you are ill particularly with an influenza-like illness, and coughing and sneezing into your sleeve or crook of your elbow."

Dr. Torr further endorses the influenza vaccination because of its proven safety and effectiveness, and he emphasizes that the vaccine cannot cause influenza.

“The current vaccines are safe, effective, protective, and in the great majority of people will cause no complications,” noted Dr. Torr. “There is a lot of information out there but make sure you get the right information from the right sources and people. I strongly encourage everyone to get your annual influenza immunization and encourage your family, friends, and other members of the community to do the same – it is free and available to all.”

As is typically the case, the influenza vaccine has been developed to protect individuals against the anticipated major strains that will be in existence during the current influenza season.

Once again this year, the Cypress Health Region has partnered with the Swift Current Broncos to offer a clinic at one of their home games, which will occur on Nov. 2nd. In addition, the City of Swift Current and Innovation Credit Union will host clinics this year to provide easy access to the downtown’s public.

The health region’s website (www.cypresshealth.ca) can also be visited to access complete clinic information and other related influenza details. A phone information line has been established (306- 778-5128) and will be regularly updated with clinic details. For more information on influenza please speak to your family physician or call the provincial HealthLine at 8-1-1.

Cypress’ Public Health Nursing team wants to remind everyone that the influenza immunization is not only meant to protect you, but it also protects your family and friends around you from the harsh effects of this virus.

 

Remaining scheduled clinics by community are as follows:

Abbey

Oct.  31 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Legion Hall.

Burstall

Nov. 4 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Senior’s Centre

Consul

Nov. 1 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Consul School

Gull Lake

Nov. 4 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Elk’s Hall

Herbert

Nov. 15 – 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., New Horizon’s Centre

Hodgeville

Nov. 5 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Community Centre

Leader

Nov. 5 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friendship Centre

Mankota

Nov. 1 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., New Horizons

Maple Creek

Oct. 31 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hospital

Ponteix

Nov. 14 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Town Hall

Shaunavon

Oct. 30 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hospital

Nov. 6 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hospital

Swift Current

Oct. 30 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Swift Current Mall

Nov. 2 – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Swift Current Broncos Home Game

Nov. 8 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Swift Current City Hall

Nov. 12 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Innovation Credit Union

Nov. 14 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., EI Wood Building

Tompkins

Oct. 30 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Senior Centre

Val Marie

Nov. 7 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Library Building

Vanguard

Nov. 13 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Health Centre Community Gathering Room

Organizations: Cypress Health Region

Geographic location: Swift Current, Abbey, Burstall Cabri Climax Consul Eastend Fox Valley Gull Lake Herbert Hodgeville Leader Mankota Maple Creek Ponteix Shaunavon Tompkins Val Marie Vanguard

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  • Rogers Hater
    October 13, 2013 - 14:39

    Get your flu shot for your grandparents. Even if you can afford to get sick, the elderly can't. And when you're old, you'll want to know the young people took this flu shot to keep you, babies and the sick from getting dangerously sick