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Free flu-shot clinics open Tuesday

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A five-day push to get as many Winnipeggers as possible vaccinated against the flu will kick off tomorrow as the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority opens its 13 public flu clinics across the city.

"It’s easy for everyone to do, especially since the vaccine is no charge to all," Health Minister Theresa Oswald says

The flu shot protects against three of the most common strains of influenza that the World Health Organization expects to circulate this season.

Dr. Michael Routledge, WRHA Medical Director, Population and Public Health, says people in all age groups can benefit from getting a flu shot.

"There are individuals who we highly recommend to get the shot, such as those with chronic illness, seniors and young children, but because each flu season is unique and different strains of influenza may impact different age groups – we also strongly encourage everyone else to get the shot to stay healthier this season."

Thirteen clinics are open in the city from October 18- 22, 2011. Call 956-SHOT or visit www.wrha.mb.ca for "Gimme a Shot" location listings, hours of operation and other information about the influenza vaccination.

Individuals can also visit their physician or WRHA Community Area Offices to get the flu shot during and after the dates of public flu clinics. Additional information is also available at the province’s seasonal flu web page at www.manitoba.ca/flu.

 

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