Flu season is here and the province is encouraging people to protect themselves against influenza this year by getting a flu shot.
The vaccine is free for anyone older than six months. It is available through public health clinics, doctors, and nurse practitioners across the province.
"Getting the vaccine is an effective way to avoid becoming ill with influenza," said Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer. "We particularly recommend the flu shot for people at high risk of influenza-related complications and those in close contact with individuals at high risk."
Influenza is a contagious viral disease of the respiratory system that can be spread by coughing, sneezing or touching surfaces like door handles and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
The people most at risk to contract the virus are:
- children younger than five years old
- pregnant women
- people 65 and older
- people with chronic health conditions
- people who are severely obese
The spread of the flu can also be avoided through frequent hand washing, coughing and sneezing into a sleeve, cleaning often used surfaces and staying home if sick.
People can call their doctor, Regional Health Authority or the HealthLine at 811 to find the nearest flu clinic.