* There were two additional influenza-related deaths reported this week. The onset of illness in these cases occurred in December and January, so the deaths do not reflect current influenza activity.
For information on influenza, symptoms and self-care, call HealthLine 811 or contact the public health clinic in your area.
Note: 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. Decisions regarding coverage of antivirals are based on influenza epidemiology, risk of severe illness, degree of mismatch between vaccine and circulating strains, influenza antiviral drug resistant strain profile and clinical guidance available at that time. Saskatchewan pharmacies are notified of any listing decisions.
Since the flu pandemic in 2009/2010, two antivirals (tamiflu and relenza) are listed 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.