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Province launches flu vaccine program

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has officially launched the province's influenza immunization program. 


Pallister says it’s even more important to get a flu shot as we deal with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. 


He explains the flu vaccine protects us from serious illness and it saves lives, adding the vaccine is available to all Manitobans at no charge.


Pallister states he is pleased to say that the eligibility criteria for the high dose seasonal influenza vaccine has been expanded to include not only senior residents of long term care facilities, but many other Manitobans over 65 years of age.


That includes all seniors living north of the 53rd parallel. 


Close to 150 thousand doses have already been shipped to providers with the full allotment to be sent out over the next several weeks. 


You can find times and locations for influenza clinics by going to the Northern Health Region website.


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