People across Saskatoon Health Region are taking advantage of flu immunization in record numbers this year.

Dad, Jon sets a good example for his children at the Prairieland Park influenza clinic.

Dad, Jon sets a good example for his children at the Prairieland Park influenza clinic.

More than 3,800 people were immunized during the first day of the Prairieland Park flu clinic in Saskatoon, the highest ever, and a whopping 56 per cent increase over the 2,446 that received the flu vaccine in 2012. The first day of the flu clinic in Humboldt saw 973 people or over 32 per cent more people than the 733 that attended day one in 2012. In Wynyard, the first clinic saw 628 people immunized compared to 481 the year before.

Jean Morrison, president and CEO of St. Paul's Hospital is among Saskatoon Health Region leaders who received their influenza vaccine recently.

Jean Morrison, president and CEO of St. Paul’s Hospital is among Saskatoon Health Region leaders who received their influenza vaccine recently.

From October 21 to 27, the first week immunization clinics were offered this year, 20,482 people took advantage of the free flu vaccine throughout Saskatoon Health Region, including nearly 21 per cent of Health Region physicians, employees and volunteers. All told, about 3.6 per cent more people were immunized during the first seven days of flu clinics than in 2012.

Deputy Medical Health Officer Dr. Shovita Padhi thanks everyone for coming out to the flu clinics and says it would be great to see even more people immunized.

She notes there are three top reasons to receive the flu vaccine. “First, getting your influenza immunization is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and other vulnerable members of our community,” she said. “Second, it keeps you from missing out on work, school and social gatherings. And third, it’s easy.”

In addition to a wide array of public clinics on now through mid-December, those working in health care are offered additional immunization opportunities at clinics especially for Health Region physicians, employees and volunteers. New in 2013 is a series of clinics health care employees can attend with their families.

These family friendly clinics run

  • November 2 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Saskatoon City Hospital,
  • November 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Royal University Hospital and
  • November 15 at St. Paul’s Hospital.

A complete listing of flu clinics and valuable flu information is available online at www.4flu.ca or by calling 306-655-4358.