Influenza clinics coming to region beginning next week
for Smoky River Express
Residents in the Smoky River region will be able to receive this year’s influenza shot beginning next week at several community clinics.
Clinic dates were announced by Alberta Health Services (AHS) last week in conjunction with the launch of this year’s influenza immunization program.
Influenza shots are being offered free of charge, beginning Oct. 16 from 12 to 6 p.m. at Club Alouette in Falher. Additional Falher dates include Oct. 23 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and Oct. 30 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Other communities in the region to host influenza clinics include McLennan and Donnelly. Clinics are taking place at the Golden Age Club in McLennan on Oct. 17 from 12 noon to 6 p.m., Oct. 24 from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Residents in Donnelly, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to take advantage of the influenza vaccination at Club des Pionniers on Oct. 25 between the hours of 12 noon and 6 p.m.
Alberta Health Services reminds all Albertans to do their part to limit the spread of the influenza virus over the next several months by getting their flu vaccinations.
“Immunization limits the spread of illness,” says Dr. Gerry Predy, senior medical officer of health, Alberta Health Services, that by making immunization an annual event, they’re not only protecting themselves, they’re protecting those around them.
Seasonal influenza (commonly known as the “flu”) is a serious infection of the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs) caused by a virus.
Groups in the highest risk bracket for severe illness and related complications from the flu include young children six to 23 months old, seniors 65 years and older, long-term care residents, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and anyone who suffers from a chronic condition are at highest risk for severe illness.
Individuals in these groups should make a priority of getting the vaccine early in the influenza season.