Flu shots now available across Alberta

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Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta is urging everyone to get immunised against influenza this year, more than ever, to protect their health and support the province's fight against COVID-19.

Flu shots are now available free of charge at pharmacies and doctors’ offices across the province. Alberta Health Services (AHS) is also offering immunizations by appointment for those under five years old and those in their household.

This year’s flu season presents an additional challenge as Alberta responds to COVID-19. Immunization will help protect vulnerable Albertans, as well as decrease influenza-related tests, emergency room visits and hospitalizations during the pandemic.

The government has ordered a record 1.96 million doses of vaccine to help protect the health of Albertans.

“The flu shot won’t prevent COVID-19, but it will reduce your chances of getting sick with influenza and spreading it to others. While getting immunized helps, it’s also crucial to wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home when sick. If you have flu symptoms, book a test for COVID-19 as symptoms are similar. Let’s all do our part to keep one another safe.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health

Influenza immunizations during COVID-19

 

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, Alberta has shifted this year’s approach from large public health clinics to direct support by appointment through AHS, pharmacies and doctors’ offices. This is an important but necessary step to support physical distancing and other precautions to help keep Albertans safe.

Pharmacists and physician offices throughout the province are now offering the vaccine to all Albertans five years of age and older.

Help prevent the spread and call ahead to your physician’s office or pharmacy to see if they are taking appointments.

AHS is also offering the vaccine through pre-booked appointments for children under five, their family and household members. To find out more about influenza immunization and to book an appointment at a public health clinic, visit ahs.ca/influenza.

A high-dose influenza vaccine is also being directly offered to residents who are 65 years and older in provincially funded long-term care facilities.

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