Flu vaccines will be available at Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) clinics, participating pharmacies and doctor’s offices from October 11th.
As the flu season approaches with no mask-wearing prescriptions or restrictions, the province’s chief medical officer said countries in the southern hemisphere are reporting flu cases have returned to pre-COVID-19 levels.
“Because they relaxed public health measures and increased vaccination rates, small amounts of COVID continued throughout the winter. But they also saw an early start to the flu season,” said Dr. Saqib Shahab, the province’s chief health officer.
Shahab believes that Saskatchewan may also see a continuation of this trend. But he added that an annual flu shot is the best protection available against the virus.
“We have always acted with common sense, even before COVID,” he said.
“If you or your child is sick: do not drag yourself to work and stay at home until you feel better. But this fall, I really encourage people to plan on getting both a bivalent COVID vaccine and an influenza vaccine.”
The Saskatchewan Pharmacy Association said employees are ready to get flu shots as soon as they become available, along with the next batch of COVID-19 boosters.
“Even without COVID, every flu season is different,” said Michael Fougère, CEO of the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan.
“What I can tell you and every parent who is looking for a flu shot is that we will have it in stock and you can go to any pharmacist and get a shot.”
Any resident six months of age or older is eligible to be vaccinated. The SHA website has a complete list of influenza vaccination clinics in the province.