Time to get your flu shot

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Alberta - COUR­TESY AHS

It hap­pens ev­ery fall: in­fluenza ar­rives in Al­berta, and takes a se­ri­ous toll on our com­mu­ni­ties. In­fluenza is a real threat. It’s also pre­ventable. In­fluenza im­mu­niza­tion will be avail­able, start­ing Oc­to­ber 15, free of charge, to all Al­ber­tans six months of age and older. It’s the sin­gle most ef­fec­tive means of re­duc­ing your risk of in­fluenza, par­tic­u­larly when you re­ceive it as early in the sea­son as pos­si­ble. By get­ting im­mu­nized early, you will give your body the op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to im­mu­niza­tion, and pro­duce an­ti­bod­ies that will arm you against the in­fluenza viruses you’ll be ex­posed to through­out the sea­son.

Each year, in­fluenza vac­cine is de­vel­oped to pro­tect us against the strains of virus likely to cir­cu­late in our com­mu­nity. Though vac­cine ef­fec­tive­ness may vary, know this: last sea­son, in­fluenza vac­cine cut Al­ber­tan’s risk of in­fluenza by about 42%. With­out im­mu­niza­tion, Al­ber­tans were com­pletely at risk. And we do mean all Al­ber­tans.

Al­though some in­di­vid­u­als (preg­nant women, se­niors, chil­dren, and in­di­vid­u­als with un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tions or com­pro­mised im­mune sys­tems) are at greater risk for se­vere com­pli­ca­tions, with­out im­mu­niza­tion, even healthy Al­ber­tans are at risk of se­vere ill­ness and even death.

Many phar­ma­cists and physi­cian of­fices are of­fer­ing in­fluenza im­mu­niza­tion this sea­son. Call ahead to en­sure avail­abil­ity be­fore vis­it­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion on the in­fluenza pro­gram, in­clud­ing AHS pub­lic im­mu­niza­tion clinic lo­ca­tions and sched­ules, visit ahs.ca/in­fluenza or call Health Link at 811.

Pre­ven­tion is your pro­tec­tion. Get im­mu­nized this sea­son.

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