Influenza cases have increased across the province, with youth under 19 years of age making up 61 per cent of influenza cases in the province, a rate that's continuing to increase.
As of November 10, about 15 per cent of the Saskatchewan population have received influenza vaccinations according to the Community Respiratory Illness Surveillance Program (CRISP).
In a provincial release, Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said the best way for folks to protect themselves is to get immunized, stay home when sick, wash their hands frequently, and wear a mask when appropriate.
“With an increase of respiratory illnesses this fall, including influenza, all residents should get up-to-date with available vaccinations,” provincial Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said. “In Saskatchewan, we are fortunate to have safe and effective vaccines for influenza and COVID-19. However, COVID-19 is not the flu and COVID-19 vaccines will not protect you from influenza.”
The Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine is available for those 65 years and older and is in high demand this year.
Those 6 months of age and older are eligible to receive their flu shot at participating pharmacies, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) clinics, and some physician offices, free of charge.
For more information on vaccines in the area, folks are encouraged to call their local physician or to visit www.4flu.ca.