If you’re asked if you want a flu shot during a medical appointment of any kind this flu season, don’t be surprised. It’s part of the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s system-wide approach to influenza immunization for 2020-21.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has really challenged the way we deliver health care services, and this year’s influenza season could put additional pressure on our health system,” noted Sharon Garratt, Vice President of Integrated Urban Health and Chief Nursing Officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “We need more people to get the flu shot this year to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed by both COVID-19 surges and Influenza outbreaks.”
“We are trying to offer our patients and clients a flu shot at every health care encounter by a variety of providers whose scope of practice includes immunization,” notes Dr. Kevin Wasko, Physician Executive for Integrated Rural Health with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “This approach not only expands the opportunity to be immunized for Influenza, but will provide learnings as we prepare for an all-hands-on-deck approach to delivering the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.”
For more information on flu shots and where to find a public health clinic visit www.4flu.ca.