October 21, 2010

Public flu shot clinics open 'til Saturday

If you were hoping to get a free flu shot at one of the Winnipeg Health Region's main public immunization clinics this year, you'd better hurry. The clinics will only be open until Saturday afternoon.

An estimated 20,000 Winnipeggers have already received their flu shots at one of the main public clinics this year, and Winnipeg Health Region officials say there is room for more.

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Influenza immunization clinic dates, times and locations

Seven clinics located throughout the city will be open Friday, and five clinics will be open until Saturday afternoon, say officials. The clinics are running smoothly, there are minimal wait times, and you do not need to make an appointment for the shot.

The seven clinics open Friday are:

The five clinics open Friday and Saturday are:

Health officials say the best way to avoid getting the flu is to get vaccinated every fall before the start of influenza season. Not only does a vaccination reduce your risk of getting sick, it limits the possibility you will transmit the virus to someone else.

Each year, influenza infects about 10 to 25 per cent of Canadians. The vast majority of Canadians who become infected with influenza generally manage to suffer through with nothing more than a few days of discomfort. But influenza can be deadly, killing between 4,000 to 8,000 people a year in Canada, most of whom are older and in frail health.

This is why Manitoba Health has decided to make flu vaccinations available at no charge to anyone who wants one this year.

If you can't get a flu shot at one of the main clinics, you can still get one by making an appointment with your family doctor, or you can call for an appointment at a number of smaller clinics that will be operated by the Region on a handful of specific days in October and November.

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