Flu shots available Oct. 17

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  • Oct. 12, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Alberta is launching its annual influenza immunization program on Oct. 17.

The influenza vaccine will be made available, free of charge, to all Albertans six months of age and older, through dedicated influenza immunization clinics, as well as some pharmacist and physician offices.

“As the single most effective means of protecting oneself from influenza infection and illness, annual immunization is an important part of every Albertans’ fall routine, every year,” says Dr. Gerry Predy, senior medical officer of health with Alberta Health Services. “We call it an annual immunization for a reason: to maintain your immunity, and be protected for the season ahead, you need to get immunized every year.”

Dr. Predy also reminds Albertans that by making immunization an annual event, they’re not only protecting themselves, they’re protecting those around them.

“Immunization limits the spread of illness,” says Dr. Predy. “The more people who protect themselves by getting their annual influenza immunization, the less transmission of illness we see in our communities.”

Albertans can find more information, including complete influenza immunization clinic schedules, online at: www.albertahealthservices.ca, or by calling Health Link Alberta, toll-free at 1-866-408-LINK (5465).