Health and Community Services
October 25, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services:

Free Flu Vaccination Clinics Open Province-wide

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this Honourable House to highlight the importance of getting your flu shot.

On Monday, the regional health authorities started their annual public immunization clinics and are offering the vaccine for free.

Getting a flu shot is a simple action that can save lives by protecting yourself if you are exposed to the virus.

By being vaccinated you are also helping to protect other vulnerable people, such as young children, seniors over the age of 65 and those with chronic illnesses like lung disease or weakened immune systems.

The vaccine protects against four strains of the influenza virus, including H1N1 and H3N2. Approximately 125,000 people received the flu shot last year through the Provincial Government’s publicly funded vaccination program.

I am pleased to note that to further increase access to the vaccine, the number of public clinics will increase this year.

For more information on scheduled clinic locations, people can visit the website of their regional health authority or call 811. People can also get their flu shot from their family doctor or local pharmacy if offered by them. Remember to bring your MCP card and wear a short-sleeved shirt.

I encourage all residents, along with my Honourable colleagues, to lower your risk of getting sick this year. Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones. Find a clinic near you and get your flu shot.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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2018 10 25                              1:50 p.m.