November 13, 2015
Haven't got your flu shot yet? There's still time and even though the winter weather hasn't yet hit, it and the flu season can't be too far away.
Prairie North Health Region is reminding residents to get immunized against influenza.
“Free public immunization clinics are continuing throughout the Region, “states Karrie Hammond-Collins, Manager of Public Health Services for PNHR.
“We also now have FluMist® nasal spray available for children,” she adds. FluMist® is available at all immunization clinics and is recommended for most children aged 2 years to 17 years of age. FluMist® is a live, weakened influenza vaccine that is sprayed into both nostrils, meaning children can get the flu immunization without a needle.
“FluMist® is a great option for families in our communities,” says Hammond-Collins. “Parents and children really appreciate the option. If you haven't yet gotten your children and yourself immunized against the flu, we encourage you to come to one of our many flu clinics. You'll be glad you did, when flu season hits and you and your family are protected.”
Naida Hawkins is a public health nurse with PNHR who has had her two children immunized with FluMist® for the past two years. “My children are six and four this year. As a parent, I really appreciate the option of having them immunized without a needle. It was a very positive experience for me and my kids,” Hawkins said.
The list of influenza immunization clinics being offered in Prairie North Health Region remains available at www.pnrha.ca/flu. Flu shots and FluMist® are available at clinics and public health offices across PNHR until the end of March 2016.
Flu shots are also available through some physician and nurse practitioner clinics, as well as at local pharmacies.
For more information, you can contact your nearest Population/Public Health Office at:
North Battleford 306-446-6400
Meadow Lake 306-236-1570
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer 306-446-6625
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