Don’t forget: The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s (RQHR) Seasonal Influenza Campaign is estimated to start the fourth week of October 2017. It is very important to be immunized to protect yourself and your loved ones!

Seasonal influenza is a serious respiratory illness that can lead to severe complications and even cause death. Immunization remains the best way to fight influenza. Immunization can lower your chances of getting influenza, or if you do get influenza you may not be as sick.

You can have the influenza virus and not feel ill, but still pass the disease on to others. The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) encourages you to get your seasonal influenza immunization to protect yourself and those around you. The vaccine is safe and has very few side effects. The RQHR provides free seasonal influenza vaccine.

Those at highest risk for influenza disease are: persons aged 65 and over; those diagnosed with chronic lung or heart disease, diabetes, lowered immunity, cancer, kidney disease and/or severe anemia; pregnant women in all trimesters; children from 6 months up to 5 years of age; persons with severe obesity; and residents of nursing homes or other care facilities.

RQHR encourages all people to be immunized. By being immunized, healthy people can protect those who are more vulnerable for getting influenza and developing complications from it. For clinic dates, times and locations

For general information regarding influenza disease and clinic schedules visit the RQHR website at www.rqhealth.ca/flu.

For 24 hour professional health advice and information about flu symptoms and how to manage them, please call Healthline at 811.