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Flu season is almost here, so starting the week of October 21, provincial residents with a Saskatchewan health card can get their free flu shot at public clinics, pharmacies, and some physician and nurse practitioner offices.

He did not say which areas saw the lowest rates, but the trusts are understood to be scattered across the country and tend to have a dispersed workforce.

It takes between one to four days after being exposed for a person to start displaying flu symptoms, he added.

Instead, trusts with the lowest uptakes will be required to "buddy" up with areas seeing a higher percentage of staff taking up the jab to learn from their best practice.

Record numbers of NHS staff - nearly three-quarters of a million or 70.3% of frontline workers - took up their workplace jab past year.


The vaccination programme will be under way by October 31 - when the United Kingdom is set to leave the EU.

"We confirmed just yesterday that we fully anticipate receiving close to the full amount of ordered vaccine by the end of October", he said.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers have been asked to ensure all supplies are in the United Kingdom by October 31st.

The shot is recommended for people considered high risk.

The delay has forced Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary, to expose an extra 400,000 doses to discontinuance GP surgical procedures working brief.


During the 2017-18 season, the most recent year that flu data is available, the CDC estimated that 48,000 children went to the hospital with flu-related complications, and 187 died.

Dr. Shahab said anyone who wants the flu shot will be able to get it.

Frontline health and social care employers have been told they have a responsibility to ensure staff receive the vaccine, and NHS England is funding vaccines for social care and hospice workers with older adults more vulnerable and likely to suffer if they catch flu.

It is only in the past six years the flu vaccine has been offered to healthy children, via a nasal spray, and this year marks the first time it will be available to all year groups at primary school across the UK.


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