It’s flu season and it’s time to get your free shot.
Last flu season, 22 per cent of Manitobans got the flu vaccine but studies showed that it was ineffective. Dr. Michael Routledge said that the 2014 virus strain mutated which allowed a lot of people to contract it even after vaccination. He stated that this typically doesn’t happen and that they haven’t seen a change in this years virus strain.
This seasons flu shot will have some extra power in it. It will protect you from four strains on influenza instead of three.
Previous shots protect you against three flu strains: two Influenza A and an influenza B. This years will have a second B virus.
From October 21 – 24, 2015 the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will be offering the Influenza vaccine at the following locations:
|Assiniboine South||Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd||View details|
|Downtown||Downtown Community Health and Social Services Centre, 755 Portage Ave.||View details|
|Fort Garry||Southlands Community Church, 85 Keslar Rd.||View details|
|Inkster||Access Nor’West, 785 Keewatin Street||View details|
|Point Douglas||North End Wellness Centre, 363 McGregor St.||View details|
|River East||McIvor Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church, 200 McIvor Ave.||View details|
|River Heights||Crescentwood Community Centre, 1170 Corydon Ave.||View details|
|Seven Oaks||Seven Oaks Community Health and Social Services Centre, Unit 3 – 1050 Leila||View details|
|St. Boniface||Notre Dame Recreational Centre, 271 Avenue de la Cathedrale||View details|
|St. James||St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2400 Portage Ave.||View details|
|St. Vital||Dakota Community Centre, 1188 Dakota St.||View details|
|Transcona||Canad Inns – Club Regent, 1415 Regent Ave. W.||View details|
Influenza vaccine is also available from primary health care providers, such as family doctors and nurse practitioners, QuickCare Clinics or through public health offices by calling 204-956-SHOT.