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Time remains for getting annual flu shots

Alberta Health Services says it’s not too late for Central Albertans to be immunized against the flu this holiday season.

As of Dec. 15, a total of 48,623 vaccine doses had been administered by public health in AHS Central Zone. That includes children under nine who have so far only had one of the two doses they require for immunization.

“We can do much better than that,” said Dr. Ifeoma Achebe, a chief medical officer of health for Alberta Health Services Central Zone, on Thursday.

The number of immunizations administered by pharmacists and physicians is not yet known.

Last year, 85,877 doses of the influenza vaccine were administered in Central Alberta.

A total of 86 influenza cases have been confirmed in Central Alberta and 462 confirmed in Alberta as of Dec. 15.

Achebe said the number of cases is increasing each week and she encourages people to be immunized so they can’t spread the virus to friends and family during the Christmas season.

Immunization is available at Red Deer Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre, 300 Jordan Parkway, today, Saturday and Monday.

For an appointment, call 403-356-6300.

Immunization will continue to be available on Dec. 27, 28, 29, 31, and in the new year.

szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

 
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