Manitobans are encouraged by health officials to get their free flu shots to avoid the dreaded virus, which can range from the sniffles and aches in some people to severe complications and even death.
Influenza, which spreads around the globe in annual outbreaks, causes about three million to five million cases of severe illness every year and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths, the World Health Organization says.
The most common symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache, coughing and feeling tired. Symptoms typically begin two days after exposure to the virus and most last less than a week, although that nagging cough can last more than two weeks.
Free flu shots will be available through community clinics across Winnipeg from Oct. 25–27, at the following locations:
|St. James, Charleswood/Tuxedo||Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd.|
|Downtown||Community Health and Social Services Centre, 755 Portage Ave.|
|Fort Garry||Southlands Community Church, 85 Keslar Rd.|
|Inkster||Access NorWest, 785 Keewatin St.|
|River East||McIvor Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church, 200 McIvor Ave.|
|River Heights||Crescentwood Community Centre, 1170 Corydon Ave.|
|Seven Oaks||Community Health and Social Services Centre, Unit 3-1050 Leila Ave.|
|St. Boniface||Access St. Boniface, 170 Goulet St.|
|St. Vital||Dakota Community Centre, 1188 Dakota St.|
|Transcona||East End Arena and Community Club, 517 Pandora Ave. E.|
You can also get the flu shot from your doctor's office, pharmacy, walk-in clinic, QuickCare clinic or community health office.
All Manitobans over six months of age are eligible for the seasonal flu vaccine at no charge, although pharmacists can only administer the flu shot to children who are at least seven years old.
Clinics are also offered in communities around the province.
Check the list below to find the location closest to you.