Flu shot program kicks off in Sask.

Flu shot program kicks off in Sask.

In September, Congress approved $140 million in new federal funding toward a universal flu vaccine.

Saskatchewan residents can now get their flu shot for free across the province. That includes pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and people with underlying health conditions and their caregivers.

So far this flu season, 22 people in CT have been hospitalized with the flu.

"Influenza can cause serious illness and may lead to complications, hospitalization and even death", Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said in a press release. "And of course, it's very important to get as many people as possible vaccinated", Perentes said.

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Federal officials say more than 80,000 people died nationwide from flu past year, including more than 150 in CT.

This year, for the first time, there's also a high dose vaccine being offered for seniors over the age of 65.

"Last year [the vaccine] was not a great match, but people need to remember even in a year when the vaccine is not a great match ... it is still the best protection we have", Mick Bolduc, an epidemiologist for CT, told the Hartford Courant. "Also, starting this year the role of pharmacists has been expanded to allow them to administer the free flu shot to residents five years and older, during home visits, and in congregate living settings".

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