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Flu Shots 2016-2017
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Monday October 31, 2016 marks the start of the 2016 Influenza Immunization Season and trained pharmacists are eligible to administer flu shots.
Flu shots can be provided within a registered pharmacy to:
- Saskatchewan residents age 9 and over
- with a valid Saskatchewan health services card.
This program is funded by the provincial government and flu shots are free to eligible residents.
2016-17 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Fact Sheet
In this fact sheet:
- What is influenza?
- How can I prevent getting or spreading influenza?
- Who is the vaccine recommended for?
- Who should not get the vaccine?
- How soon will I be protected?
- What are possible side effects? Who should you report reations to?
- And more...
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Which pharmacies are administering the flu shot this year?
Here is the list of pharmacies that will be providing the flu shot to patients for the 2016-2017 influenza season.
Who can get a flu shot from a pharmacist?
All residents of Saskatchewan 9 years of age and older with a valid Saskatchewan health services card, are eligible to receive a flu shot from a trained pharmacist within a registered pharmacy.
How much do I have to pay for a flu shot?
Flu shots are free to eligible patients. Eligible patients are Saskatchewan residents age 9 and over, receiving the flu shot within a registered pharmacy.
If I can’t get a flu shot from my pharmacy, where can I get one?
Patients that do not have access to a pharmacy providing the flu shot may receive their vaccination by a public health nurse or other authorized health care professional.
Children under age 9 may be vaccinated at a public health clinic.
You may also call HealthLine (dial 811) for information on flu clinics in your health region.
For flu vaccination clinics information, contact your local health region or consult the schedule posted on their website (listed below for your convenience).
Flu vaccination clinics by Health Region:
How are pharmacists trained to administer flu shots?
Pharmacists are required to take online clinical training, live training and have valid first aid and CPR. Pharmacists must also administer a minimum number of injections per year to meet standards. Pharmacists take the same training as other health providers to be able to provide flu shots.
Why are pharmacists administering the flu shot now?
Pharmacists have been granted authority to administer flu shots to improve patient access and ideally increase rates of flu immunization in Saskatchewan. In addition to nurses and physicians, they are now another option within the health care team which can provide flu shots.
Approximately 250 pharmacies across the province are providing flu shots to residents all across Saskatchewan.
Flu shot myths
Vaccination Myth #1: “I don’t need the flu shot because I never get sick.”
You may not be at risk of a serious illness but those around you may be more vulnerable. Experiencing even mild symptoms of influenza mean that you could be carrying it into the lives of your family, friends, coworkers and many others that you come in contact with during the day.
By getting immunized every fall, you will develop the antibodies to break down the flu virus in your system, lower your risk of catching the virus, reduce the severity of symptoms and avoid spreading the infection to those who are more vulnerable, such as older adults.
Vaccination Myth #2: “The flu shot gave me the flu.”
The flu shot does not give the flu. It may however cause mild side effects that are sometimes mistaken for the flu such as a sore arm at the injection site or mild fever. These side effects are caused by a person’s immune system making protective antibodies in response to being vaccinated. Also, many other respiratory viruses circulate throughout the fall and winter and can be the cause of illness, with some flu-like-symptoms.
How do I decide if I (or someone I am responsible for) should get a flu shot?
You may want to have a say in this decision, or you may simply want to follow your doctor's recommendation.
More info about flu shots
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