Fight off the flu with free drop-in flu clinics at the U of R in November

By Dale Johnson Posted: November 3, 2015 10:30 a.m.

Nurse Nicole Garnsey (left) prepares to give a flu shot to Kristy Moriarty (right) while Kristy’s friend Mackenzie Harley looks on.
Nurse Nicole Garnsey (left) prepares to give a flu shot to Kristy Moriarty (right) while Kristy’s friend Mackenzie Harley looks on. Photo courtesy of Rae Graham - U of R Photography.

Did you know that even if you are healthy, you can pass influenza (the flu) along to those people who are at greatest risk for serious complications or death? These people include young children, the elderly, and those with significant medical conditions.

That’s why the University of Regina is again holding free drop-in flu vaccination clinics for students, faculty, staff and their families.

By getting a shot, you will reduce the chance of catching or spreading the common highly-contagious virus. A new influenza vaccine is created each year to protect against the current virus strains.

Several Free Drop-in Flu Vaccinations Clinics will be held at the University of Regina during November. All clinics will be in the Atrium of the Research and Innovation Centre (RIC).

  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (The FluMist nasal vaccine will be available only at this clinic for those between 2 and 17 years of age.)
  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada “Combined with regular hand washing, the flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus." It is also why the University of Regina is holding free drop-in clinics.

Kristy Moriarty, a fourth year health studies and psychology student, gets a flu shot every year because she says “I don’t want to get sick.”

A reminder: Please bring your Saskatchewan Health Card to the vaccination clinic. Health cards from other provinces or countries will be accepted.

You can help limit the spread and potential debilitating effects of influenza at the U of R by getting vaccinated.