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Monday, October 24, 2016

WRHA Flu Clinics Open October 25 to 27

"The flu can be more than just an inconvenience," said Dr. Bunmi Fatoye, Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA). "Everyone should get the flu shot to protect themselves and others this season."

Across the province, people between the ages of 18 to 40 have one of the lowest uptakes for getting the flu vaccine but people within this age group typically interact with a large number of vulnerable populations.

"Getting the flu shot not only protects you, as the recipient, but your loved ones as well including your children, siblings, parents, friends and colleagues," said Dr. Fatoye. "Each of us shares the responsibility to help prevent the spread of flu."

Nearly everyone will come in contact with the virus over the season. It is estimated 10 to 20 per cent of Canadians are infected every year which means that even if you don't fall ill yourself, you could very well be carrying and spreading the virus to those more vulnerable to serious complications from the flu.

People such as young children, seniors, people in long-term care settings and those with chronic illnesses tend to run the highest risk of experiencing complications such as developing pneumonia, being hospitalized or even death.

"In my work across the region, I visit all kinds of areas of care and come into contact with many vulnerable people," said Milton Sussman, president and chief operating officer of the WRHA. "I get my flu shot every year to protect all of the patients, and staff, that I work with directly or indirectly, and to protect those I love."

The flu vaccine protects against four strains of the virus that are expected to cause the greatest risk to the population each year. The vaccine will be available this year through public clinics hosted by the WRHA starting Tuesday, October 25, 2016. You can find the clinic nearest you through the WRHA's Connected Care app, wrha.mb.ca/flu or by calling 204-956-shot. You can also get the flu shot at any of the following locations: your doctor's office, pharmacy, QuickCare clinic, walk-in clinic or community health office.

Further details about the public clinics is available here: wrha.mb.ca/flu. Watch this to see how the Connected Care app can help you find the public clinics nearest you.

For more information, contact:

Bronwyn Penner‐Holigroski
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
204‐926‐7868
bpennerholigroski@wrha.mb.ca

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