CT has had its first flu death of the season

SCDHEC offers free flu shots at 3 locations beginning this week

Public health clinics, local pharmacies and some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices are offering the free jab as of today.

Some trained pharmacists are also administering vaccinations this year.

Public health clinics, local pharmacies and some doctor's offices will have free flu shots starting on October 22.

The walk-in clinics run at the South Hill Mall public health facility from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. though Saturday, with other dates in the following weeks.

Anyone six months of age and older with a valid Saskatchewan health card is eligible to get a flu shot.

While we are very early into the new flu season, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the circulating flu strains match the strains prepared for in this year's quadrivalent influenza vaccine. Getting vaccinated is especially important for those are at greater risk of having more severe complications from influenza: people with a compromised immune system, heart or lung disease and women who are pregnant.

For a list of pharmacies that provide the free flu shot, check the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan website or ask a local pharmacy if they offer it.

Florida health officials recently reported their first flu-related pediatric death, adding that the child had been unvaccinated. The state's health department did not identify the patient in their announcement, nor did it reveal when the death occurred, but it said flu-related activity has been slowly increasing since the end of August.

Information on influenza immunization in Saskatchewan is available on the provincial government's website.

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