In Sunrise Health Region the immunizations for the remainder of the influenza season are by appointment only, due to a world-wide limited supply of influenza vaccine.
Saskatchewan is reserving the limited amount that is available to continue immunization of those most at risk. H1N1, which continues to be the predominant strain, poses the greatest risk to persons who are immune-compromised and those who were born after the strain first surfaced in 2009.
Children from 24 to 59 months of age will be offered immunization using the FluMist® (intranasal) vaccine, which is scheduled to arrive later this week.
Restrictions on immunization clinics could change if more vaccine becomes available.
Check listings for updates before attending the clinics. The most current information and listing of Influenza Immunization Clinics in Sunrise Health Region can be found on our website www.sunrisehealthregion.ca. Daily updates are also available by calling the InfoLine recording at 1-866-800-5510 and on Twitter (@SunriseRegion).
Beyond immunization, people can help protect themselves against influenza through frequent hand washing, coughing and sneezing into their sleeve, cleaning surfaces often and staying at home when sick. Those who experience respiratory problems should see a doctor.