As flu season approaches, Islanders are reminded that the most effective way to help prevent the spread of influenza is to receive their annual flu shot.
It is especially important for anyone with a weakened immune system, those with chronic conditions, those 65 years of age and over, children aged 6-59 months, pregnant women and their household contacts and health care workers.
The Department of Health and Wellness, through the Chief Public Health Office, has distributed approximately 37,000 doses of flu vaccine to public health nursing clinics, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and physicians’ offices across the province.
This year, we have tried to make access to the flu shot even easier for Islanders through flu immunization clinics that are open to the public through Public Health Nursing.
Clinics have been running across the province since mid-October with some extended hours available as needed.
A new centralized toll-free phone number and booking system have made it easier for Islanders to schedule an appointment.
The vaccine is free at these clinics for children aged 6-59 months, pregnant women and their household contacts and those 65 years of age and over.
Flumist, a nasal spray flu vaccine is a good option for youth aged 2-17 years and is available at the immunization clinics.
I want to recognize and thank the hard work of the Chief Public Health Office and Health PEI’s Public Health Nursing staff.
More information on the province’s vaccination program can be found at www.gov.pe.ca/flu.
To book an appointment at one of our flu clinics, please call 1-855-354-4-FLU.