Nearly 600,000 Albertans have already received their flu shot

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Flu shots have only been available to the public for a week and a half in Alberta, but nearly 600,000 people have already been vaccinated.

The province announced Thursday that 597,110 Albertans had received their flu shot through Oct. 24. Doses became available to the general public Oct. 19, but some seniors and immunocompromised Albertans were eligible for shots earlier.

The number of Albertans who have their flu shots is up more than 50,000 from the same time last year, Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said.

“Thank you for doing your part to help stop the spread of influenza and for helping our health system stay focused on the pandemic response,” said Hinshaw.

“For anyone who hasn’t received a flu shot, now is the time. Please add it to tomorrow’s or the weekend’s to-do list. It is a free and easy way to protect your health and it’s more important now than ever.”

Vaccinations are available by walk-in and appointment at most pharmacies and doctors’ offices in Alberta for those over the age of five, with Alberta Health Services giving flu shots to those younger by appointment.

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