Published: Mon, October 07, 2019
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The Wyoming Department of Health Wants You To Get A Flu Shot

The Wyoming Department of Health Wants You To Get A Flu Shot

Flu season is almost here, so starting the week of October 21, provincial residents with a Saskatchewan health card can get their free flu shot at public clinics, pharmacies, and some physician and nurse practitioner offices.

WDH epidemiologist Reggie McClinton was quoted in a news release as saying the 2018-2019 Wyoming flu season was severe and spread out over an unusually long time.

"Last season we had 23 flu-related deaths in Wyoming", said Kim Deti, of the Wyoming Department of Health. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently.

Health officials across Windsor-Essex are still waiting for the public supply of the flu vaccine. The department even has someone dressing up in a flu bug costume who's giving out flyers on the dangers of flu, which can be deadly.

Each year the World Health Organization gathers in February to pick which flu strains should be included in vaccines for the northern and southern hemispheres.


Many people avoid getting a seasonal flu shot, fearing (incorrectly) they'll "get sick from it", or "flu season may not be that bad this year". The WCHD's complete flu clinic schedule can be found online at www.wchd.org or by calling 815-720-4274.

"From a patient perspective, you don't want to be in a situation where you feel that seven out 10 of the healthcare professionals you meet will be vaccinated; you'd like to be in a situation where nine or 10 out of 10 you meet are vaccinated". To find the nearest location to get a flu shot, Hoosiers can go to https://vaccinefinder.org/. "The vaccination is especially important if you are an individual with health conditions that makes you more susceptible to the complications of influenza or you live or provide care to someone who has health conditions", he said.

UWO senior Tatum Houlihan said she isn't sure about the benefits of the flu shot.

Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen said work is underway to ensure high-priority areas such as nursing homes get the vaccine. Some people may be eligible for free or reduced cost vaccine.

"We encourage everyone to get the flu shot, there are many places where the flu shot can be administered".

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