Flu immunization shots starts Monday across Alberta

Get protected, not infected.

Flu immunization shots, starting Monday, are free of charge to all Albertans six months of age and older.

Alberta’s program will make both injectible (flu shot) and nasal spray (FluMist) vaccine available at hundreds of Alberta Health Services (AHS) flu shot clinics as well as at pharmacies and physician offices around the province.

AHS says influenza has not yet arrived in Alberta but it is imminent. Because it takes about two weeks after immunization to be fully protected, AHS is encouraging all Albertans to get the shot before they need it.

“Influenza arrives every year. The good news is, influenza vaccines get here first,” says Dr. Christopher Sikora, Edmonton Zone Medical Officer of Health. “This year, we strongly encourage Albertans to take advantage and get immunized before influenza arrives.”

Last season, more that 1,200 Albertans were hospitalized — and 30 died — due to influenza.

“Albertans should think of influenza immunization as their armour against an invading enemy,” says Sikora. “Be battle ready: arm yourself against influenza by getting immunized before it arrives.”

For more information, Albertans can visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/influenza or call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-5465Call: 1-866-408-5465

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