Flu vac­cines now avail­able at clin­ics around the re­gion

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

The Cy­press Health Re­gion part­nered with the Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos again this year to kick off their an­nual in­fluenza im­mu­niza­tion cam­paign Oct. 9 with a clinic at the iplex dur­ing the Bron­cos game, fol­lowed by a mass pub­lic clinic at Walker Place in Swift Cur­rent on Oct. 10.

The in­fluenza

vac­cine has been de­vel­oped to pro­tect in­di­vid­u­als against the an­tic­i­pated ma­jor strains that will be in ex­is­tence dur­ing the cur­rent in­fluenza sea­son.

Vac­cine is avail­able to all Saskatchew­an res­i­dents at no cost and any­one can at­tend any pub­lic clinic at any time to re­ceive their im­mu­niza­tions. In­di­vid­u­als want­ing to re­ceive their im­mu­niza­tions in Swift Cur­rent can visit Walker Place at 2150 Walker Street, the new main lo­ca­tion for drop-in clin­ics this year, lo­cated across from Ser­viceMaster.

“In­fluenza is more se­ri­ous than the com­mon cold and can cause sig­nif­i­cant ill­ness and even death, es­pe­cially in more vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions. Get­ting your sea­sonal in­fluenza shot helps pro­tect you and those around you,” com­mented Dr. David Torr, Con­sult­ing Med­i­cal Health Of­fi­cer for the Cy­press Health Re­gion.

“In ad­di­tion to get­ting your flu shot, re­mem­ber to use other meth­ods too that help re­duce spread­ing in­fluenza like wash­ing your hands of­ten, fre­quently clean­ing com­monly touched flat sur­faces such as door han­dles, rail­ings, and tables, stay­ing home if you are ill par­tic­u­larly with a flu-like ill­ness, and cough­ing and sneez­ing into your sleeve or the crook of your el­bow.”

In to­tal, 35 clin­ics will be held throughout the health re­gion dur­ing the five-week pub­lic cam­paign, dur­ing which 19 com­mu­ni­ties will be vis­ited by the re­gion’s Pub­lic Health Nurs­ing team. Their main ob­jec­tive will be to im­mu­nize as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to pro­tect them and oth­ers against the flu.

In ad­di­tion, the Great Plains Col­lege in Swift Cur­rent and the City of Swift Cur­rent will host clin­ics this year to pro­vide easy ac­cess to the Col­lege’s stu­dent pop­u­la­tion and the pub­lic.

“In this day and age our in­fluenza vac­cine is safe, ef­fec­tive, pro­tec­tive, and in most peo­ple will cause no com­pli­ca­tions,” noted Dr. Torr. “I there­fore strongly en­cour­age you to get your an­nual in­fluenza im­mu­niza­tion and en­cour­age your fam­ily, friends, and other mem­bers of the community to do the same – it is free and avail­able to all.”

For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the dates and lo­ca­tions of the 2012 sea­sonal in­fluenza im­mu­niza­tion clin­ics in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, visit the health re­gion’s web­site www.cy­presshealt­h.ca or phone 306-778-5128 for all clinic de­tails or call the pro­vin­cial HealthLine at 1877-800-0002.

Flu clin­ics in Swift Cur­rent

Walker Place: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13, 15, 23, 27, 30

Great Plains Col­lege: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Nov. 7

Flu clin­ics in south­west Saskatchew­an

Abbey Le­gion Hall: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 12

Burstall Se­niors’ Cen­tre: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 17

Cabri Se­niors’ Cen­tre: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 22

Cli­max Bor­der Health Cen­tre: Noon – 7 p.m. Oct 22

Con­sul School: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nov. 2

Eas­tend Wolf Wil­low Health Cen­tre: Noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 1

Fox Val­ley Community Cen­tre: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 22

Gull Lake Elk’s Hall: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 16; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 29

Her­bert New Hori­zons Cen­tre: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1

Hodgeville Community Cen­tre: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19

Leader Friend­ship Cen­tre: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Oct. 30

Mankota New Hori­zons: Noon – 4 p.m. Oct 24

Maple Creek Hospi­tal: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Oct 11, 18 and 25

Pon­teix Town Hall: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Oct 11; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct 26

Shau­navon Wick­en­heiser Cen­tre: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Oct. 10, 20 and 24

Tomp­kins Se­nior Cen­tre: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31

Val Marie Li­brary Bldg.: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Oct. 18

Van­guard Health Cen­tre, Community Gath­er­ing Room: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 6

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