You may have noticed that the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, meaning that flu season has arrived.
That is why we will be hosting our third annual free flu shot clinic at my office on Fri., Nov. 2, where community members can receive their annual flu shot.
On Oct. 5, I rose in the House of Commons to discuss the importance of getting your annual flu shot.
While most people recover in a few days, influenza causes more than 12,000 hospitalizations every year and some groups are at a significant risk for influenza-related complications. Groups at high risk include pregnant women, persons with serious health conditions, those 65 years and older, and children below the age of five. If a person does get sick, he or she should remember to stay at home, get lots of rest and avoid contact with other people, except to get medical care.
Right now, an annual flu shot is the most effective way to help prevent the flu. According to the Government of Manitoba, to protect yourself and your friends and family from getting influenza, all Manitobans are encouraged to get their annual free flu vaccine every fall.
Manitobans six months of age and older are eligible for an influenza vaccine free of charge. Pharmacists can only administer the flu shot to children above the age of seven. Since our clinic is administered by a pharmacist from Pharmacists Manitoba, only children above that age will be able to receive the flu shot at our office.
Please make sure to bring your Manitoba Health Card and select clothing such as a loose T-shirt with short sleeves, which provides access to the shoulders where the flu shot will be administered.
This will also be a great opportunity to chat with me about any questions or concerns you may have on federal matters after you get your shot.
Our flu shot clinic will be held Nov. 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at my constituency office, located at 3092 Portage Ave. I encourage everyone in our community to come down to my office and receive their annual flu shot. It only takes a few minutes and it can help save you from several days of lying in bed.
I am regularly asked the same question every year when we host our annual flu shot clinic and I would just like to say that no, I will not be the one administering the shots.
We had a great turnout last year and I’d love to see even more people attend this year.
If you have any questions or requirement further information about the flu shot clinic, please contact my office at Doug.Eyolfson@parl.gc.ca or 204-984-6432 for assistance.
This column was featured in The Metro and The Headliner on Oct. 30. To view this column online, visit Canstar Community News’ website here.