The publicly-funded influenza (flu) vaccine will be available in Saskatchewan beginning October 19. All residents six months and older can receive it for free.
The free vaccine will be offered through public health clinics across the province, and some physician and nurse practitioner offices, as in previous years.
This year, for the first time in Saskatchewan, pharmacists will also be able to provide free flu vaccinations as part of the province’s influenza immunization program. Approximately 200 of the 360 community pharmacies in the province plan to participate.
“We’re pleased pharmacists will offer this important service,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “This additional option means increased access, choice and convenience for our residents.”
Getting vaccinated is particularly recommended to people at high risk of complications from influenza:
the elderly; and
persons with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems.
“We strongly encourage everyone, especially people at high risk and their caregivers to get the flu vaccine,” Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said. “Getting vaccinated early in the fall is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others around you during flu season.”
Residents six months and older can get the injectable vaccine once the flu clinics start on October 19. The nasal vaccine (FluMist), an option for children between the ages of two and 17, will be available from public health clinics before the end of October.
Pharmacists will administer injectable flu vaccine only at community pharmacies to residents nine years of age and older with a valid Saskatchewan Health Services Card. Children under nine will need to be vaccinated at a public health clinic.
NOTE:- Public fact sheet on influenza is HERE
LIST OF PARTICIPATING LOCAL PHARMACIES
Pharmasave #431. 414 Main Street, Esterhazy
Canora Pharmacy Ltd. 216 Main Street, Canora
Sapara’s Drug Mart Ltd. Box 250, Esterhazy
Kamsack Rexall Drug Store #7302, 432 3rd Avenue South, Kamsack
Pharmasave #405. 219 Kaiser Wilhelm Ave. Langenburg
Drugstore Pharmacy #9049. 100 Halifax Ave. W. Melville
Loblaw Pharmacy #1582. 206 Broadway St. E. Yorkton
Louck’s Medi-Health Pharmacy. 115-41 Broadway St. W. Yorkton
Royal Drug Mart. Box 370, 135-3rd Ave. E. Melville
Hearn’s Westview Pharmacy. 265 Bradbrooke Drive. Yorkton
Shoppers Drug Mart #405. 33-277 Broadway St. E. Yorkton
Pharmasave #407. 156 2nd Ave. E. Melville
Walmart Pharmacy #3176. 240 Hamilton Road. Yorkton
PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICES
Immunizations by Appointment
If you are unable to attend a clinic, please call your local Public Health Office to book an appointment time that works for you.
Please wear short sleeves and take your Saskatchewan Health Services Card.
Foam Lake: 306-272-3375
Kamsack: 306-542-4295 ext. 13