Airdrie gears up for flu season with clinics
It’s that time of year again, and officials from Alberta Health Services are encouraging all Airdrie residents to visit their local influenza immunization clinics throughout October and November.
Health officials are asking residents to get immunized to prevent the spread of flu this season. Five clinics have been set up within the County for those wanting to get the flu shot.
“The influenza vaccine isn’t just about keeping you healthy – it’s about keeping the people around you healthy too,” Health Minister Fred Horne said. “This vaccine reduces the spread of this illness and deaths in our province. It also helps reduce pressure on our emergency departments and on our health care system as a whole.”
The influenza vaccine is free to all residents six months of age and older and is available at the public clinics, some pharmacies and physician offices.
This year, a nasal spray will be available for children aged two to 17 years.
“Some people are skeptical of the influenza vaccine,” Dr. James Talbot, Alberta’s chief medical officer said. “What I say to those people is it can help reduce your chances of getting infected with influenza by up to 70 per cent. The vaccine is extremely important for people who want to feel better during the influenza season, whether you’re at work, at home with your family or on holiday.”
According to Alberta Heath Services, influenza causes amount to 20,000 hospitalizations and about 4,000 deaths in Canada each year. Children six to 59 months of age, pregnant women, those 65 years of age and over and people with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of developing complications from influenza.
Influenza immunization clinic will be held at the following location:
• City of Airdrie will host multiple clinics at the Town and Country Centre on Oct. 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 28, 29 and 30 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Nov. 6 and 7 form 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.