Cypress Health Region hoping more people get their flu shot

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Influenza immunization clinics are ongoing and the Cypress Health Region continues to encourage those not yet vaccinated to receive their flu shot. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and those around you from influenza.

Flu clinics began on Oct. 21 and over the past 11 days approximately 8,000 doses of vaccine have been provided. This equates to nearly a quarter of the region’s population being immunized thus far.

“This is a good start to this year’s flu clinics and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who have come out to get their immunizations, but we also want to remind those who haven’t yet visited a clinic to do so as soon as they can,” commented Dr. David Torr, Consulting Medical Health Officer. “We would like to see at least 75 per cent of our population immunized to achieve good herd immunity against this potentially serious infection that is not to be confused with the common cold. The more people we can have immunized the better protected our communities will be to fight influenza disease.”

All clinics are open to everyone and no appointment is necessary. In Swift Current, special clinic locations are scheduled for the Nov. 2 Swift Current Broncos home game at the Credit Union iPlex (3 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Nov. 8 at Swift Current City Hall (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and Nov. 12 at Innovation Credit Union (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Each of these on-location clinics are open to the general public in an attempt to make it as convenient as possible to attend.

Remaining scheduled clinics by community are as follows:

Herbert

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

Ponteix

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

Swift Current

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

Vanguard

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

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 also been set up (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.

Influenza and other immunizations remain a safe and effective method of protection against infectious diseases. At present, an outbreak of measles has been identified in Alberta mostly in non-immunized individuals with possible cases and contacts now being identified in Saskatchewan that may involve the Cypress Health Region. There are links in some of these cases to the more than 2,000 recently reported cases in the Netherlands. Measles is a very contagious disease with many complications that can seriously affect one’s health.

The Cypress Health Region’s Public Health Nursing department coordinates and provides immunizations for many vaccine preventable diseases including influenza, measles/mumps/rubella, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis, and hepatitis. You are strongly encouraged to ensure that you and your family are up to date with all immunizations. You may check if your personal immunizations are up to date by contacting Community Health at 306-778-5280 or toll free at 1-866-786-2510.

Organizations: Cypress Health Region

Geographic location: Swift Current, Alberta, Saskatchewan

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