Tom Beaulieu - Influenza Season

October 28, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(October 28, 2013) - Mr. Speaker, this Assembly is committed to investing in prevention to keep our health system sustainable. Vaccines are a cornerstone of preventative medicine and I would like to encourage all Northwest Territories residents to get their free flu shots this fall.

Immunization prevents influenza and its serious complications. It protects individuals and families from severe illness.  It contributes to the health of the population by preventing time loss at work and keeping children at school.

You need the flu shot every year. The influenza viruses change continuously and each year’s vaccine has been updated. Last year’s shot won’t protect you this year.

Get the flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick. This is especially important for children, elders, people with chronic health conditions, and their families. The vaccine is available in all communities and a complete schedule of flu clinics is available on the Department of Health and Social Services website.

Thank you.