Flu vac­cine pro­gram has ex­panded

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Alberta -

The in­fluenza vac­cine will be pro­vided, free of charge, to Al­ber­tans six months of age and older at lo­ca­tions around the prov­ince, be­gin­ning in two weeks.

Al­berta’s in­fluenza im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram has also ex­panded for the 201819 flu sea­son:

Phar­ma­cists can of­fer the flu shot to peo­ple aged five and up.

Pre­vi­ously, phar­ma­cists were only able to of­fer im­mu­niza­tion to in­di­vid­u­als nine years of age and older.

Other im­mu­niza­tion providers, such as phar­ma­cists and some physi­cians, will now be able to of­fer in­fluenza im­mu­niza­tion to res­i­dents and staff in sup­port­ive liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion on Al­berta’s in­fluenza im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram, in­clud­ing lo­cal clinic sched­ules, visit www.ahs.ca/in­fluenza or call Health Link at 811.

For the 2018-19 flu sea­son, 1.6 mil­lion doses of vac­cine were or­dered at a cost of $12.6 mil­lion, enough vac­cine to im­mu­nize 35 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion.

Find when and where the next clos­est vac­cine clin­ics hap­pen, see: https://pub­lic-share.al­ber­ta­health ser­vices.ca/we­bapps/Im­mu­niza­tionSch ed­uler/Pages/Search.aspx

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