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Tuesday November 15, 2011

Winnipeg Jets team members getting flu shots

Public reminded of importance of protecting themselves against seasonal influenza by getting free shot at community clinics or physicians' offices

The annual push to get as many Winnipeggers as possible vaccinated against influenza got a shot in the arm today from members of the Winnipeg Jets, who lined up to get their shots during a break in their schedule.

"I feel it is important to receive a flu shot because remaining in top health throughout a long, grinding hockey schedule is difficult. It's my responsibility as a leader to do everything I can to make sure I don't miss any action. Part of that is getting a flu shot every winter." Jets Team Captain Andrew Ladd said.

"When you have large groups of people together, there is an increased risk for transmission of germs and viruses like influenza," Arlene Wilgosh, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority President and CEO said. "We'd like Jets fans and every member of the public to get vaccinated so they don't get the flu and miss a game or any other important event."

Health Minister Theresa Oswald thanked the team members for helping to raise awareness about the issue. "This is an important public health issue, so we are very pleased to partner with the Jets to raise awareness about it. Getting your annual flu shot is an easy way to protect yourself, your family and those around you from this illness - which can be quite debilitating."

The flu shot protects against three of the most common strains of influenza that the World Health Organization expects to circulate this season. So far this year more than 40,000 people have received their vaccination at one of the WRHA clinic locations. Many more will have gotten theirs from their family physician.

Dr. Michael Routledge, WRHA Medical Director, Population and Public Health, says people in all age groups can benefit from getting a flu shot. "There are individuals who we highly recommend to get the shot, such as those with chronic illness, seniors and young children, but because each flu season is unique and different strains of influenza may impact different age groups - we also strongly encourage everyone else to get the shot to stay healthier this season."

Members of the public can call 956-SHOT or visit www.wrha.mb.ca for location listings, hours of operation and other information about the influenza vaccination. Individuals can also visit their physician or WRHA Community Area Offices to get the flu shot. Additional information is also available at the province's seasonal flu web page at www.manitoba.ca/flu .

For more information contact:

Kathryn McBurney
kmcburney@wrha.mb.ca
926-7867 / 782-2898 (c)

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