Flu Information

Get Your Flu Vaccination

Influenza (the flu) can be a serious health issue, but you can prevent it by getting vaccinated. The flu shot is a safe, effective way to protect yourself and those close to you during the flu season.

The flu vaccine is available to Saskatchewan residents six months and older. It is particularly recommended to people at high risk of serious complications from influenza:

  • children under five;
  • pregnant women;
  • adults 65 and older;
  • nursing home residents;
  • people with a chronic health condition; and 
  • caregivers and contacts of people at high risk.

It is important to get the vaccine early and be protected for the entire flu season.

Where and when to get vaccinated

The publicly-funded flu vaccine is available through public health clinics, and some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices across the province.

Everyday prevention methods

You can also protect yourself against seasonal influenza by:

  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Coughing and sneezing into your shoulder or tissue
  • Cleaning surfaces often
  • Staying home and getting rest when you’re sick

Want to learn more about the flu?

The following online resources will help you learn more about prevention and treatment. You can also call HealthLine 811 or contact the public health clinic in your area for information on flu symptoms and self-care.

Flu immunizations in Saskatchewan

  • Details about this year's publicly-funded influenza immunization program, vaccine information, find a flu clinic.

Caring for yourself when you have the flu

  • Influenza is an infectious respiratory disease caused by an influenza virus.

Flu information for schools and parents

  • General information about influenza, to help teachers and families better understand the flu.

FightFlu.ca

  • Get information about the flu from the Government of Canada, in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments.

Antiviral medications

Certain antiviral medications used to treat influenza are not regularly listed as eligible benefits under the Saskatchewan Drug Plan, but may be listed on occasion for limited periods of time.

Two antivirals - Tamiflu and Relenza - are on the provincial drug formulary every flu season for people over 65 years of age and those who qualify for financial assistance.