Influenza vaccine not available for people on waiting list in Rimbey

Flu shots are no longer available at Rimbey drug stores.

Flu shots are no longer available at Rimbey drug stores.

Patrick Rurka from Rimbey Value Drug Mart said both drug stores have received official notification no more vaccine will be forthcoming.

“We had to let the 61 people on our waiting list know,” he said.

A press release from Alberta Health Services states some doses of vaccine will be reserved for children who have received first doses and require second doses. Children under the age of nine who are receiving seasonal influenza vaccine for the first time this season require two doses to be fully protected.

Limited does will also be kept for specific outbreaks in health care centres and continuing care sites.

Albertans are reminded to follow simple guidelines to help prevent the further spread of illness.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. If a tissue is not available cough or sneeze into your arm, not into your hands.

Discard tissues after wiping your nose or covering a cough and wash your hands.

Use soap and warm water to thoroughly wash your hands. Wash after coughing, sneezing or using tissues or the washroom and before eating or preparing foods.

Alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer can also be helpful if hands are not visibly soiled.

Make a point of keeping hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

Anyone who has symptoms of illness, including fever, cough, diarrhea and/or vomiting, stay home from work, school, daycare or any social function.

Do not visit family, friends or loved ones in hospitals, care facilities or seniors’ lodged when you are sick.

For more information on influenza check out the AHS website. Updated information on vaccine availability, clinic schedules and site breakdowns of staff immunization rates at AHS acute care centres will be posted. Provincial statistics on the number of immunizations delivered, influenza cases, deaths and hospitalizations, are also posted.

These statistics will be updated weekly.

Information is also available through Health Link Alberta.