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Melfort and area residents urged to get flu shot

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Health officials are seeing “many serious illnesses” in the city.

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Melfort and the region have been hit hard by the flu. He has one of the highest rates of respiratory illness in Saskatchewan, and the number of illnesses continues to rise, putting enormous pressure on health services.

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Melfort Primary Health Care Team Community Wellness strongly encourages community members to get a flu shot.

Shots are available at most pharmacies for ages 5 and up. Children under the age of 5 should be vaccinated by Public Health. The vaccine contains antigens to fight Melfort and her four influenza strains, including the most prevalent influenza in the region.

Dr. Mohammad Khan, Health and Medical Officer for Melfort and the region, said the rapid spread and high incidence of the virus meant people were no longer adhering to pandemic protocols such as wearing masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing. I said it’s related to not doing.

“It’s no more virulent than the seasonal flu we’ve seen,” Dr. Khan said. “Public health measures have been in place for the last two years because of COVID. We were protecting him from COVID, so it was automatic protection against flu and other respiratory viruses.”

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In a social media post on Wednesday, Melfort Primary Health Care Team Community Wellness said within the community, “we are seeing many serious illnesses among otherwise healthy individuals.”

People avoided the flu by practicing pandemic health protection measures. But now that those measures have been eased, it is likely that many people who have had the flu are experiencing more severe symptoms, Khan noted.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache and runny nose.

“People need to keep in mind that there are vaccines that are highly effective against the circulating virus,” Dr. Khan said, adding that COVID-19 is still with us. . He recommended getting the latest booster shots.

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According to the Saskatchewan Department of Health’s most recent Community Respiratory Disease Surveillance (CRISP) report, Melfort and its neighborhoods had the highest rate of positive flu tests in the state, with 60.5 compared to the state average of 21.8%. % was.

The region’s positive COVID-19 test rate was below average, at 7.6% compared to 9.9% in the state.

Overall, the Northern region of the state has a much higher rate of positive tests for influenza, at 27.5% compared to 10.3% in the Southern region.

In the previous CRISP report, only 15% of the population in Melfort and the region had been vaccinated against influenza. Dr. Khan said the two-year grace period after getting the flu may have led to complacency about getting vaccinated.

“I would like to ask people to take vaccines and other precautions,” he added. “If you are sick, stay home and use proper hand washing and masks.”

Healthy people may think of the flu as a nuisance, but for the very young, very old women, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions, the flu can be very serious. and even fatal, Dr. Khan said.

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