Flu Information

Get Your Flu Vaccination
Health regions continue to offer influenza vaccinations.
Injectable influenza vaccinations are available by appointment only, including those for children under 9 years who require a second dose this season.
Check your health region website or call HealthLine 811 to find out when and where vaccinations are available locally, by appointment.

February 21, 2014 Influenza Update

  • 1341 laboratory confirmed cases
  • 67 hospitalizations (ICU)
  • 18 deaths*
* There were two additional influenza-related deaths reported this week. The onset of illness in these cases occurred in December and January, so the deaths do not reflect current influenza activity.

Where and when to get vaccinated

For specific information on flu clinics, including where to get one in your area, please call HealthLine at 811.

You may also find information on flu clinics through your regional health authority (region), or find information for local health services in the Green Pages of your phone book.

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
Antiviral medications

Since the flu pandemic in 2009/2010, two antivirals (tamiflu and relenza) are listed on the provincial drug formulary every flu season for people over 65 years of age and those who qualify for financial assistance. 

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. Decisions regarding coverage of antivirals are based on influenza epidemiology, risk of severe illness, degree of mismatch between vaccine and circulating strains, influenza antiviral drug resistant strain profile and clinical guidance available at that time. Saskatchewan pharmacies are notified of any listing decisions.
Want to learn more about the flu?

The following online resources will help you learn more about prevention, treatment, and causes.

Flu immunizations in Saskatchewan

  • Information about influenza immunizations in Saskatchewan, the publicly-funded vaccine, benefits, risks, and how to find out more.

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.