Medicine Hat residents urged to do their part to fight the flu

October 31, 2015 by  

Autumn is here, and along with that comes flu season. Residents of Medicine Hat, along with the rest of the province, are urged to get their annual free flu shots.

Dr. Karin Goodison, who is the Medical Officer of Health for the Alberta Health Services South Zone, noted that some cases of the illness have already been confirmed in the province. She noted that the large number of people who have already come out to the flu immunization clinics in the area indicate that people are taking the threat of getting sick seriously.

According to Medicine Hat News, Dr. Martin Lavoie, who is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health, there may be at least three strains of the virus currently circulating in the province. They can change as the season progresses. There are different types of flu vaccine available, including a flu mist for younger people.

Immunization clinics are being held in the area. They will be located at Hingdon Hall on various dates through October, November and December, with a family oriented “Flu-Lapalooza is scheduled for Cypress Centre starting at 1:00 pm on November 9th. A postcard printing company can design and print notices that can be sent out to everyone in the community to make sure they know about the clinics and make sure they get themselves protected.

The vaccines will only provide protection against influenza and not respiratory infections caused by other viruses or bacteria.