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Annual Flu Clinics Starting Soon

Interlake–Eastern Regional Health Authority’s public flu clinics will begin the week of October 16 this year. As in previous years, public health officials want to remind Manitobans to “Get vaccinated. Don’t spread the flu”. Immunization is especially important for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts.

Immunization coordinator for Interlake–Eastern RHA and public health nurse, Melody Hawryluk, says the region is expecting a good turn out this year.

“We’ve had a relatively typical fall with cooler temperatures and the leaves changing colour indicates to everyone that the days are getting shorter and flu season is around the corner,” says Hawryluk. “The flu vaccine is available to all Manitobans over six months of age at no charge. It is important to get the flu vaccine every year because the viruses change from year-to-year and the protection provided by the vaccine decreases over time. ”

Flu shots are beneficial to everyone, but are especially important for:
• people 65 years of age and older
• all children 6 months of age and older
• personal care home residents
• anyone with chronic health issues
• health care workers and first responders
• pregnant women
• individuals of Aboriginal ancestry
• people who are severely overweight or obese
• those who share a household with any of those listed above

Manitobans over the age of 65 should also get a pneumococcal shot at the same time as the seasonal flu shot. Most adults only need one pneumococcal shot in their lifetime.

People can talk to their public health nurse or health care provider if they have questions about the flu shot. Your local pharmacy may also be offering flu vaccines as well.

For a complete listing of Interlake-Eastern RHA flu clinics, visit ierha.ca and click on “Care in Your Community”, “Public Health” and “Immunization”.

For more information about other recommended and publicly-funded vaccines, please click here.

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