Influenza (the flu) can be a serious health issue, but you can prevent it by getting vaccinated. The flu shot is a safe, effective way to protect yourself and those close to you during the flu season.
The publicly-funded influenza (flu) vaccine will be available through public health clinics across the province, and some physicians and Nurse Practitioners beginning October 14, 2014. The free vaccine will be offered to all Saskatchewan residents six months and older.
It is important to get the vaccine early and be protected for the entire flu season.
The flu vaccine is recommended to everyone six months and older but is particularly important for people at high risk of serious complications from influenza:
Detailed information about clinic locations, dates and times is posted on health region websites. People can also contact their public health office or call HealthLine 811 for clinic schedules and to find the nearest clinic.
Certain antiviral medications used to treat influenza are not regularly listed as eligible benefits under the Saskatchewan Drug Plan, but may be listed on occasion for limited periods of time. Two antivirals - Tamiflu and Relenza - are on the provincial drug formulary every flu season for people over 65 years of age and those who qualify for financial assistance.
FluWatch is Canada's national surveillance system that monitors the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses on an on-going basis. FluWatch reports are posted every Friday.
Online information and resources about influenza (the flu) from the Government of Canada, in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments.
Provincial immunization programs, provided through the public health offices of health regions.
Information about immunization, diseases & vaccines, vaccine safety.
Contact your local public health office for more information about immunizations.