Winter flu shot clinics start next week

Schedule for southwestern Man. clinics released

Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) is getting set to launch its seasonal flu immunization campaign. There are 100 free clinics scheduled in 70 communities within the health region between the third week of October and the end of November.

Clinics in the Virden and SW Manitoba region are listed below. The PMH website (prairiemountainhealth.ca) has the complete listing of flu clinics.

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Depending where you live, appointments may be required. You can call the toll-free line (1-877-646-3888) to make your appointment if one is recommended. Clinics that require appointments are posted on the PMH website.

The flu vaccine at these clinics will be available to all Manitobans at no charge. It’s recommended for everyone over six months of age.

But immunization is especially important for those at increased risk of serious illness or complications from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts.

If you are 65 years of age or older, or an individual at increased risk of pneumococcal infection, you may also need a pneumococcal vaccination. The vaccine helps protect against pneumococcal disease including a serious type of pneumonia, blood infections and meningitis. Please talk to your health-care provider.

Remember to bring your Manitoba Health card and your Immunization Card(s) to the clinics.

You are also advised to wear short sleeves if possible.

SW Man. flu clinic dates:

Elkhorn

Tues. November 5

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Elkhorn Medical Clinic (12 Antrim St)

 

Hamiota #1

Mon. October 28

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hamiota Community Hall (50-4th St SE)

 

Hamiota #2

Wed. November 13

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hamiota Community Hall

 

Kenton

Thurs. October 24

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Kenton Memorial Hall

 

Melita

Mon. November 4

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Melita Legion Hall (95 Main St)

 

Miniota

Wed. November 6

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Miniota Community Hall

 

Oak Lake

Thurs. October 24

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Legion Hall

 

Reston

Tues. November 12

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Reston R.E.S. Centre

 

Virden #1

Tues. October 29

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sacred Heart Parish Hall (481 Queen St)

 

Virden #2

Fri. November 8

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sacred Heart Parish Hall

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