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Flu shots on campus

The flu virus can live up to 48 hours on objects. Everyone is at risk. Protect yourself. Get the flu shot!

October 30, 2017 — 

It’s that time of year again! The University Health Service and Rady Faculty of Health Sciences are offering flu shots to any staff, student or member of the general public. Flu shots are free for anyone with a provincial health card.

Upcoming 2017 dates:

  • October 30 and 31, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Multi-Purpose Room, 220-224 UMSU University Centre) 
  • November 1, 9 (am only), 16, 22 and 29 (University Health Service, appointment required)

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences clinic is by drop-in. To book your appointment with University Health Service call 204-474-8411 or drop in at 104 UMSU University Centre. 

UMSU University Centre Pharmacy is also offering flu shots. 

Why should I get the flu vaccine?

Getting the flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect against seasonal influenza (the flu). When you get immunized, you also help protect others as well by reducing the spread of the influenza virus. This is especially important because some people are too young to get immunized or have medical conditions that leave them at risk of getting influenza even if they have already been immunized.

The flu can seem similar to a common cold, but the symptoms of the flu are usually more severe. Fever, body aches, extreme tiredness and a dry cough are more common with the flu than with a common cold. Also, the flu is more likely to lead to serious problems like pneumonia, bacterial infections and hospitalization.

This year, the flu vaccine will protect against four flu strains.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Manitoba provides seasonal influenza vaccine free of charge to all Manitobans over six months of age.

An annual flu vaccine is especially important for Manitobans at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts.

They include:

  • Seniors aged 65 years or older
  • Residents of personal care homes or long-term care facilities
  • Children six months to five years of age*
  • Those with chronic illness such as:
    • an immune system weakened by disease or medical treatment
    • a condition that makes it difficult to breathe
    • cardiac or pulmonary disorders
    • children six months to adolescents 18 years of age on long-term acetylsalicylic acid (ex: Aspirin®) therapy
    • Children and adolescents with neurologic or neurodevelopment conditions
    • Other chronic medical conditions (ex: diabetes, renal disease, anemia, mental disabilities)
  • Healthy pregnant women
  • Health care workers and first responders
  • Individuals of Aboriginal ancestry
  • People who are severely overweight or obese

(taken from Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine: Inactivated Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Factsheet.)

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