The Sun Country Health Region’s (SCHR) public health team is encouraging the public to get their annual influenza shot to protect themselves and others from the flu.
All individuals six months of age and older can receive the vaccine.
Influenza immunization clinics in the health region will begin on Monday, October 21. The first clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital will be on the 21st at 9 a.m. in the hospital's auditorium. They are expected to continue until the final clinic in mid-December.
The vaccine will be available through public health clinics, physicians, and nurse practitioners across the region.
SCHR medical health officer Dr. Shauna Hudson said she recommends the flu shot for people at a high risk of influenza and influenza-related complications, which could result in hospitalization. She also recommends it for people who are in close contact with individuals at a higher risk for serious disease.
High-risk groups for influenza include: people with chronic health conditions; people 65 and older; residents of long-term care facilities; people with severe obesity; children under the age of five; and pregnant women.
Sun Country has a goal of an 85 per cent immunization rate for SCHR health care workers. Hudson encourages all health care professionals to be immunized to protect themselves and their clients, patients and residents from the flu.
Dates and locations of influenza clinics are posted on the SCHR website. Information will also be available on posters being distributed in communities.
In addition to getting a flu shot, the spread of influenza can be limited through infection prevention methods, such as frequent handwashing, cleaning surfaces frequently, staying at home when sick, and coughing and sneezing into a sleeve.
The health region has also announced the dates for its fall community leadership network meetings. Estevan's session will be on Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at the hospital's auditorium.
“This is the second year for joint meetings between (the) Sun Country Regional Health Authority and elected municipal officials within the region’s boundaries,” the health region states. “Strategic planning, home care services and a seniors' strategy will be discussed.”
Meetings will also be held at the Bengough Community Centre on October 28; the Carlyle Memorial Hall on November 4 and at Tatagwa View in Weyburn on November 12.
Those sessions will also start at 7 p.m.