To protect yourself and your friends and family from getting the flu, the Northern Health Region along with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living are encouraging all Manitobans to get a flu vaccine. For your protection, you should get immunized as soon as possible.
For the 2019-20 season, an annual flu vaccine is especially important for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts. These include:
- People 65 years of age and older
- Residents of personal care homes or long-term care facilities
- Children six to 59 months of age
- Those with chronic illness
- Pregnant women
- Health care workers and first responders
- Regular caregivers of children up to five years of age
- Household contacts of anyone at increased risk of serious illness from the flu including those with infants under six months of age and/or expecting a newborn
- Indigenous peoples
Manitobans over the age of 65 may also get a pneumococcal shot at the same time as the seasonal flu shot. Most adults only need one pneumococcal shot in their lifetime.
For more information, contact your public health nurse, nursing station, doctor, pharmacist or Health Links toll free @ 1-800-315-9257
*For questions please call the Northern Health Region at 204 677 5350*