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Flu vaccines available October 20

Alberta Health Services will be rolling out influenza vaccines across the province next week. Senior Medical Officer of Health Dr. Gerry Predy says the vaccine will be available for free to all Albertans older than 6 months at hundreds of AHS clinics, pharmacies, and doctors offices.

“We achieved 30 per cent uptake last year and that was the most Albertans ever vaccinated in a regular influenza season, but we still want to be better. If you’re healthy we want you to stay that way, if you’re at higher risk we want you to stay protected personally and by the actions of those around you.”

Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Martin Lavoie says this year they have purchased enough vaccines for approximately 40 per cent of the population.

“We have enough vaccine to meet demand, obviously, and we’re hoping to actually increase demand from last year and continue to increase the demand from year to year, and we also want to have enough to run the program very smoothly.”

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Approximately 30,000 Albertans were diagnosed with influenza during the 2014-2015 season. 1931 people were hospitalized.

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