FILE - A needle and syringe used to administer the flu shot in shown in Virgil, Ont., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

FILE - A needle and syringe used to administer the flu shot in shown in Virgil, Ont., Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

Alberta’s influenza immunization campaign begins Monday

Immunization available free of charge

Alberta’s influenza immunization campaign starts Monday.

Influenza vaccine will be available free of charge to all Albertans six months of age and older.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) public health clinics will be offering immunization to those under five years of age and their immediate families or household members.

Albertans five years of age and older can get immunized at participating pharmacies and doctor’s offices. Appointments start on Monday.

“As COVID-19 continues to put pressure on our healthcare system, we need Albertans to roll up their sleeves again this year to get immunized against influenza. By keeping the number of influenza cases and outbreaks low, we can help protect at-risk Albertans and reduce the pressure on our healthcare system,” said a statement from Alberta Health Services.

Albertans can head to bookvaccine.alberta.ca to book vaccinations, with appointments starting Monday at participating pharmacies and Alberta Health Services’ public health clinics.

If people cannot access appointments in their area, they can phone their local pharmacy or doctor’s office to learn when influenza vaccinations will be available. Albertans can also contact Health Link at 811 to book appointments and participating pharmacies will be welcoming drop-ins also starting Monday.

The province has ordered 2.1 million doses of influenza vaccine to help protect the health of Albertans.

During last year’s flu season, a record 37 per cent of Albertans were immunized compared to 33 per cent the year before.

Alberta had no lab-confirmed influenza cases and no flu-related deaths in the 2020/21 influenza season. That compares to 8,470 confirmed cases of the virus in 2019-2020, and 41 deaths.



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