With the ongoing pandemic concerns around us, it's never been more important to get your flu shot.
This year will require a little help from you. Follow these simple steps to ensure a smooth and safe process:
1. Call your pharmacy in advance to arrange your immunization. Then follow the directions provided by the pharmacy.
2. Self-screen for COVID-19 using the online tool. Be prepared to be screened by your pharmacy too.
3. Wear a mask. Expect your pharmacist will wear one too.
4. Wear loose clothing with short sleeves.
5. Respect the recommended distancing inside your pharmacy.
The flu vaccine will be available from pharmacists on October 19, 2020. Flu shots can be provided within a registered pharmacy to:
- Saskatchewan residents age 5 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.
Which pharmacies are administering the flu shot this year?
Here is a List of Pharmacies* that will be providing the flu shot for the 2020-21 flu season.
*Please contact your pharmacy for their hours. Only alternate flu shot site hours are listed.
Where Else Will Pharmacists Administer Flu Shots?
Pharmacists can administer the flu shot in your own home or in group living facilities. This does not include long-term care facilities. Please check with your pharmacist for more information on how these visits can be arranged.
What's The Difference Between a Cold, the Flu, and COVID-19?
See the full chart here.
Where Else Can I Get a Flu Shot, besides a pharmacy?
Patients that do not have access to a pharmacy providing the flu shot may receive their vaccination by a public health nurse or another authorized healthcare professional.
Children under age 5 may be vaccinated at a public health clinic. You may also call HealthLine (dial 811) for information on flu clinics in your area.
For full vaccination information, see the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Flu Shot Myths
Get informed about influenza with the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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 and 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 and reduce the severity of symptoms and avoid spreading the infection to those who are more vulnerable.
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.
More Information About Flu Shots
Flu Season - Saskatchewan Health Authority
Immunization Services - Government of Saskatchewan