Lost in the shuffle of the federal election, flu shots were made available to the public on Monday.
On Tuesday, Jim Reiter, the province’s health minister, rolled up his sleeve to kick things off.
“I think we turn to medical professionals, we turn to science. It’s been proven over and over how much of a help it is. Vaccines are certainly important,” Reiter said.
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“I know some people are reluctant. Nobody enjoys getting a needle, but again it takes just a few minutes out of your day and it’s a good prevention from getting sick.”
Sixty-nine Saskatchewan residents were hospitalized last flu season, 13 of whom died including four children.
Medical professionals recommend everyone over the age of six months to get the shot annually, as strains change every year.
“It’s the same kind of message every year and we still need to reinforce that with our patients,” said Beth Kessler, Save on Foods pharmacy manager.
Flu shots are available at pharmacies and public health clinics across the province for free, with a valid health card.
The province has ordered about 400,000 doses of flu vaccination.