Flu campaign set for Prairie Mountain Health region


By Blaine Kraushaar


As the leaves turn colour and fall, and autumn sets in, it serves as a reminder that the annual seasonal flu shot campaign is not far behind. Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) is launching its campaign after the Thanksgiving long weekend and it will run over the course of the next six weeks.

The “Get vaccinated. Don’t spread the flu!” campaign kicks off in the health region this year on Tuesday, Oct. 14; please refer to the ad in this paper for details on clinic dates and times near you.Residents are also advised to listen to local radio, visit PMH’s website (prairiemountainhealth.ca) or call established phone numbers for the complete flu shot clinic schedule. The website  also has a frequently-asked-questions section that provides answers to some of the more common queries the region receives about the flu and flu vaccine.

Once again this year, the seasonal flu shot will be available to all Manitobans at no charge. It will offer protection against three seasonal flu strains. However, immunization is especially important for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts. This includes: seniors 65 years of age and over; children six months to five years of age; those with chronic illness; pregnant women; health care workers and first responders; individuals of Aboriginal ancestry; people who are severely overweight or obese; residents of personal care homes and long-term care facilities; or as determined by your health care provider.

PMH reminds you that if you are 65 years of age or older, or have a chronic illness, you should also get a pneumonia shot. One pneumo shot may give you a lifetime of protection.

Remember to bring your Manitoba Health card and your immunization card(s) to the clinics. You are also advised to wear short sleeves if possible. If you have specific questions about the flu shot, or wish to speak to a registered hurse, please call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257.