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2017-2018 InFLUenza Season

Residents encouraged to get immunized before the end of public clinics

As infuenza season continues, Cypress Health Region residents are encouraged to receive their free influenza immunization. The Region’s seasonal influenza immunization campaign began on October 23 and will run until November 25th.

Immunizations are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and those around you from influenza. Influenza immunization is currently available, free of charge, to all Saskatchewan residents six months of age and older.

“Influenza is more serious than the common cold and can cause significant illness, even death, especially in more vulnerable populations. We strongly urge members of the public to get immunized and help minimize illness and complications in our communities,” commented Dr. David Torr, Medical Health Officer for the Health Region.

Influenza activity in Saskatchewan is increasing. The percentage of laboratory tests positive for influenza remains higher for this time of year compared to previous seasons. The majority of influenza detections are for influenza A (H3N2). The vaccine available this year offers protection against the influenza A (H3N2) and three other strains of the influenza virus.

As of November 9, 2017 there have been approximately 5,800 immunizations provided through the Cypress Health Region’s mass immunization clinics. Additional doses have been administered by pharmacies and physician offices and are not included in this figure.
For more information about influenza and the ongoing influenza immunization program including clinic dates, times and locations please visit www.cypressshealth.ca/influenza

It’s InFLUenza Season – Plan to Get Immunized

Influenza Immunization Clinics to Begin October 23

Immunizations are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and those around you from influenza.  The Cypress Health Region will begin its seasonal influenza immunization campaign with the first clinic of the season on October 23 in Swift Current.

Vaccine will be available to all Saskatchewan residents at no cost.  Any person can attend any of the available public clinics to receive their immunization.  Starting October 23 and running until late November, 38 clinics will be offered in 20 communities throughout the southwest.  Several of these clinics offer evening and weekend opportunities.

Everyone is encouraged to receive their seasonal influenza vaccination.

“Influenza is more serious than the common cold and can cause significant illness, even death, especially in more vulnerable populations. A number of people get seriously ill every flu season and sadly deaths occur due to influenza. We strongly urge members of the public to get immunized and help minimize illness and complications in our communities,” commented Dr. David Torr, Medical Health Officer for the Health Region.

In addition to the public health immunization campaign, the public may also choose to receive their immunization from participating physician/nurse practitioner offices and pharmacies.  Please speak with your physician, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist to inquire about their offering of influenza immunizations.

“The vaccine is safe, effective, protective, and very rarely causes any complications. I strongly encourage everyone to get their annual influenza immunization and to encourage family, friends, seniors, and other members of the community to do the same – it is free and available to all.  You can get your shot through public health, pharmacies, and some physician offices, whichever is more convenient to you”, added Torr.

High risk groups for influenza include health care workers, adults and children with chronic or underlying health conditions, child care providers, residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities, seniors, healthy pregnant women, and children younger than 5 years but older than 6 months of age.

For more information regarding the dates and locations of the 2017 seasonal influenza immunization clinics in your community please refer to the flu clinic calendar that is being sent to household mailboxes throughout the region.  Additional influenza and immunization information will be available on the health region’s website and social media networks.  You may also speak to your family physician or call the provincial HealthLine at 8-1-1.

Influenza Immunizations Still Available – Drop In Clinics Offered in Several Communities

The Cypress Health Region has concluded its mass influenza immunization clinic schedule for the 2016 fall campaign.  Several drop-in style clinics have been added to the schedule for those still wishing to receive an influenza immunization.

Drop-in style flu clinics have been scheduled as follows:

Swift Current

Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; January 13, 27; February 10, 24; March 10, 24

8:30am to 11:30am, EI Wood Building, 4th floor

Leader

Date: Tuesday, December 6

9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Leader Primary Health Care Centre

Maple Creek

Dates: Thursday, December 1 and 8

9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility

Shaunavon

Date: Monday, December 19

9:00am to 4:00pm, Shaunavon Hospital and Care Centre

Each of the above-listed clinics are drop-in style with no appointment necessary.  Individuals are reminded to bring their Saskatchewan Health Card when attending any clinic offering immunizations. Alternate arrangements for receiving an influenza immunization can be made by calling 1-866-786-2510. Vaccine is also available at many physician offices and pharmacies in southwest Saskatchewan.

Influenza cases are starting to be detected in Saskatchewan.  The strains of influenza being seen are strongly matched to this year’s vaccine.  To date approximately 9,200 individuals have received their immunization from Cypress Health’s Public Health Nursing team while many others have received their flu shot from a physician or pharmacist.  Immunization is the single most effective measure one can take to protect themselves, their family members, and those around them from influenza.

Influenza is a serious viral disease that needs to be treated seriously; it is not the common cold.  Influenza can result in hospitalization and death.  Vaccine is beneficial for the entire population over the age of six months to receive.

Free Flu Shots Available in Saskatchewan Beginning October 31

To find a flu clinic in your community view the 2016 Flu Clinic Calendar.

Full information on Influenza can be found on our Influenza page here.

The publicly-funded (free) influenza vaccine will be offered in Saskatchewan beginning October 31 and is recommended to all residents six months of age and older.  The free flu vaccine will be available through public health clinics across the province, at some physician and nurse practitioner offices, and from participating pharmacies.

“Influenza, commonly known as the flu, can cause serious illness and result in complications, hospitalization and even death,” Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.  “Getting a flu shot is especially important for people who are most at risk of serious illness from influenza – seniors, young children, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions – and their caregivers.”

Only injectable vaccine will be offered in Saskatchewan through the publicly-funded influenza immunization program for 2016-17.  The injectable vaccine provides protection against four different flu virus strains that are most likely to circulate in 2016-17.

To read full details regarding the fall influenza immunization campaign please visit our Influenza page.

Get Immunized This Flu Season

Immunizations are the best way to protect yourself, your family, and those around you from influenza. The Cypress Health Region has kicked off its seasonal influenza immunization campaign with the first clinic of the season on October 14 at the Swift Current Mall and in Leader at the Friendship Centre.

Vaccine is available to all Saskatchewan residents at no cost and anyone can attend any of the available public clinics to receive their immunization. Between mid-October and mid-November more than 40 clinics will be offered in nearly 20 communities throughout the southwest corner of the province. Several of these clinics offer evening and weekend opportunities for those unable to attend a clinic during regular work hours. Other clinics are at convenient locations such as the October 18 Swift Current Broncos home game, Swift Current City Hall, and the Sky Centre at the Living Sky Casino.

Everyone is encouraged to receive their seasonal influenza vaccination.

“Influenza is more serious than the common cold and can cause significant illness and even death, especially in more vulnerable populations. A number of people do still get seriously ill every season, some requiring admissions and sadly we have still had deaths due to influenza. We are strongly urging more people to get immunized to minimize illness and complications in our communities. As well, we will be taking more measures in our facilities this season to minimize illness and increase patient safety,” commented Dr. David Torr, Consulting Medical Health Officer for Cypress Health.

“The current vaccines are safe, effective, protective, and in the great majority of people will cause no complications. It is much safer to be immunized than it is to have influenza,” added Dr. Torr. “There is a lot of information out there but make sure you get the right information from the right sources and people. I strongly encourage everyone to get their annual influenza immunization and to encourage family, friends, and other members of the community to do the same – it is free and available to all.”

As has been the case traditionally, injectable vaccine will be the primary method used by Public Health Nurses. For those aged 2-17, a nasal spray option known as FluMist will be available. It is anticipated that FluMist vaccine will be available in the Cypress Health Region beginning October 16.

For more information regarding the dates and locations of the 2014 seasonal influenza immunization clinics in your community please refer to the informational mailout that was sent to your home’s mailbox in early October. Other outlets for influenza information include the Cypress Health Region’s website and Facebook and Twitter accounts. A phone information line has been established (306-778-5128) and will be regularly updated with clinic details. You may also speak to your family physician or call the provincial HealthLine at 8-1-1.

Cypress’ Public Health Nursing team wants to remind everyone that the influenza immunization is not only meant to protect you, but it also protects your family and friends around you from the harsh effects of this virus. Please plan to receive your influenza immunization this year

Province To Take Proactive Approach to Flu Season

Saskatchewan health care workers will be required to choose either to get an influenza immunization or to wear a mask while delivering care and services to patients during flu season this fall.

Following the strong recommendation of Saskatchewan’s Medical Health Officers and other health system leaders, health regions are proceeding with an “immunize-or-mask” policy for staff during the 2014-15 flu season. Health care staff who are not immunized for influenza this fall will be required to wear a mask in patient or client care areas during flu season.

“Health regions are committed to protecting the health of our patients and making health care environments as safe as possible for patients and staff alike,” Prairie North Health Region CEO David Fan said on behalf of all CEOs. “This policy is another way to prevent the spread of influenza among patients and staff in our facilities.”

“This is the right thing to do,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Patient safety is our top priority and we need to do all we can to take steps that minimize the risk of illness in our health facilities.”

Currently, only about 50 per cent of health care staff and physicians in Saskatchewan voluntarily get an annual flu shot.

To read the full story please visit the Government of Saskatchewan website.