Influenza shots continue across region

  • Nov. 21, 2012 4:10 p.m.

Alberta’s annual influenza immunization program continues and Albertans are encouraged to take advantage of the program once again.

Similar to last year, the influenza vaccine will be offered free of charge to all Albertans six months of age and older. The vaccine will be available through public immunization clinics, as well as through some pharmacists and physician offices. A nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) will also be available for the first time this year, targeted towards eligible children between two and 17 years of age.

A clinic is planned to run at the First Christian Reformed Church in Red Deer on Nov. 26 from 1 to 7:30 p.m. on a drop-in basis. Another is planned to run at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Nov. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There is also one set for Dec. 4 at the Sylvan Lake Alliance Church, running from 2 to 6 p.m. on a drop-in basis as well.

While immunization is recommended for all Albertans, individuals at high risk for severe complications related to influenza (including children between the ages of six and 23 months, anyone over 65 years of age, pregnant women, and individuals with chronic medical conditions including severe obesity), are encouraged to be immunized as soon as possible.

In addition to finding clinic schedules through Health Link, and the Alberta Health Services (AHS) web site, this year Albertans can also find influenza info on-the-go, using the mobile-optimized clinic finder tool.

To learn more about influenza illness, immunization and this year’s program, visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/influenza.asp.

-Weber

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