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Province prepares to rollout flu shots




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The county is preparing to launch a flu vaccination campaign in the coming days and weeks.

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They have distributed about 60% of their doses, and deliveries have been completed to priority sites such as hospitals, long-term care facilities and First Nations communities, Dr. Jaz Atwal, deputy chief of public health for the province, said on Tuesday. They have also started delivering the vaccine to other healthcare providers and some pharmacies.

“Influenza immunization has been shown to reduce physician visits, hospitalizations, and deaths, especially among those at increased risk of serious illness from influenza,” Atwal said.

“The healthcare system continues to be at delta-variable risk of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise. Immunization again in this seasonal flu year protects yourself, those around you and the healthcare system from increased hospitalizations and ICUs”

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Last year, 31.5% of Manitobans got a flu shot, well below COVID vaccination levels, but still an increase compared to the 2019-20 flu season when 26.5% of Manitobans got vaccinated.

The county has recorded just seven cases of the flu throughout the past year, a significant decrease from most years. This is due to the COVID health orders in place and the basics that are being practiced.

Atwal is not sure what to expect this year from flu season, as the countries in the southern hemisphere that they generally use to predict what might happen here have had unreliable statistical flu seasons due to their health orders and lockdowns in place. Australia, for example, has about 500 cases nationwide.

Southern Health is still lagging behind on vaccines

The county’s population is now 85.7% of eligible Manitobans with at least one dose of the vaccine and 81.9% with two doses.

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Winnipeg continues to have the highest vaccination rates in the county at 88.3%, followed by Northern Health at 82.8%, Interlake Eastern at 81.6%, Mount Prairie at 80.4%, and Southern Health at 66.7%.

Stanley’s RM uptake is 24.9% while Winkler’s is 42.4% and Hanover’s is 51.2%.

The Vaccine Implementation Task Force administered 2,022,566 doses of the vaccine. There are 600 vaccination appointments booked for Tuesday.

The outbreak of the new school

An outbreak was announced at Springs Christian Academy in Winnipeg with 11 cases, including two staff members and nine students.

This brings the number of active outbreaks to three schools in Manitoba, joining the Alonsa School (10 students) and the Minutea School (two staff and students).

An outbreak was announced at Chemawawin Cree Nation and Salem Home in Winkler.

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