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Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Immunization Program

The influenza (flu) vaccine is free (publicly funded) and is offered to Saskatchewan residents who are six months and older. 

Flu vaccines are proven to be safe by Health Canada. By getting immunized, you protect yourself and those close to you during the flu season.

To learn about this year's flu vaccine see the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Fact Sheet


1. Where can I get vaccinated

The free injectable flu vaccine will be available through public health clinics across the province, at some physician and Nurse Practitioner offices, and from participating pharmacies starting October 31, 2016.

All residents 6 months and older can get the injectable flu vaccine. 

Pharmacists can only immunize adults and children 9 years of age and older with a valid Saskatchewan health card. Children under 9 will need to be vaccinated at a public health clinic.

For detailed information about flu clinic locations, dates and times:

• Check your health region website;
• Call your public health office; or
• Call HealthLine 811.

For a list of pharmacies that offer the flu shot, check the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan website


2. Who should get the influenza vaccine

The vaccine is recommended to everyone six months and older but is particularly important for people at high-risk of influenza complications:

  • pregnant women;
  • young children;
  • the elderly;
  • persons with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems; and
  • caregivers and contacts of people at high risk.
For more information see the Who Can Get a Free Flu Shot poster.

3. Vaccine effectiveness and safety

The flu vaccine is a safe, effective way to protect yourself and those around you during the flu season.

Its effectiveness depends on:

  • The match between the vaccine strains and the influenza strains circulating in the community; and
  • The age and the immune response of the person being immunized.

While the vaccine is more effective in people who are younger and otherwise healthy, such as children and adults, it is especially important for seniors and persons with underlying health conditions to get vaccinated. Even if a person gets influenza after getting immunized, they usually have a milder illness and are less likely to require hospitalization.

Influenza viral strains in this year's publicly funded vaccines

The vaccines used this year contain two influenza A viral components (H1N1 and H3N2) and two influenza B viral component, which have been identified by the World Health Organization as most likely to circulate in 2016-2017.


4. Other ways to protect yourself against influenza

  • Frequent hand washing;
  • Coughing and sneezing into your sleeve;
  • Cleaning surfaces often; and
  • Staying home when you are sick. 

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