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Health Minister Tyler Shandro and chief medical officer of health Deena Hinshaw receive their influenza immunization from pharmacist Anar Sulemon.

Free influenza vaccine is in pharmacies and doctors’ offices across the province.
Influenza immunization is free to Albertans over five years of age at pharmacies, and to Albertans six months or older at public clinics and some doctors’ offices
“Getting your flu shot is one of the best things you can do to protect your own health and that of your community and it’s never been easier,” Health Minister Tyler Shandro said. “I encourage all Albertans to join me in getting immunized this season by visiting their local pharmacy or doctor’s office, or an AHS public clinic.”
Influenza is a respiratory virus that can cause serious illness and death, particularly in vulnerable groups like seniors, young children, pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions.
There are many strains of influenza. The vaccine is formulated each year to protect against the strains expected to cause the most illness in Canada, based on advice from the World Health Organization about which strains are circulating elsewhere in the world.
For the 2019-’20 season, enough vaccine has been ordered to immunize 35 per cent of the population at a cost of about $12.5-million.
The immunization rate for 2018-’19 was 31 per cent (1,317,659 doses of vaccine administered), compared to 29 per cent in 2017-’18.
About 55 per cent of all influenza immunizations were administered by Alberta pharmacies.
There were 7,698 lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Alberta last year, compared to 9,609 cases in 2017-’18.
There were 52 deaths last year among hospitalized patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza, compared to 92 deaths in 2017-’18.

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