Over 90,000 people take flu vaccine in first week

Henrietta Strickland
October 19, 2020

The seasonal flu vaccine is now available for all those aged 55 and over, children between six months and five years and those who suffer from chronic diseases.

Authorities are reminding everyone that if they have flu-like symptoms but are not sure whether it is flu or COVID-19, to call 16000.

People aged 65 and older have two unique options beyond a standard influenza vaccine - one is a high-dose version, and the other includes an additive (MF59 adjuvant) that can create a stronger immune response.

Flu season typically begins to ramp up in October which, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on public health, means our communities are now at an even greater risk for disease that can not be ignored. Influenza is not new like COVID-19 but it is very serious. Last winter, nearly 8,500 Albertans contracted the flu and ultimately [39] died.

Those who contract influenza are at increased risk of COVID-19 complications.

MoPH said that it aims to vaccinate around 500000 people and the vaccination will start from tomorrow, 20 October.

Alberta Health Services offers vaccines at clinics through pre-booked appointments for children under five and their family and household members, and the general public can get their shots at their local pharmacy, walk-in clinic or doctors office. It's especially important for high risk populations.

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