Seasonal Flu

Seasonal
Flu Vaccine
Now Available

All Manitobans over 6 months of age are eligible for the seasonal flu shot. It’s especially recommended for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts.

What Does Winter Wellness Mean For You?

Living in Manitoba means living with winter! The cold weather, ice, wind and snow brings its own challenges, as does coping with an increase in flus and colds. This winter, let’s consider how we improve health for ourselves and all Manitobans.

Dr. Brent Roussin
Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer

Stay Active
Staying well this winter means getting active, which can of course be more difficult when public health restrictions are in place. Being active is important for maintaining a healthy body and a healthy mind. Getting and staying active may look different for each Manitoban but finding ways to be active in a safe manner is a great way to help you stay well this winter. Learn more about resources available to get active.

Keep in touch
Social interactions are essential to mental health. Interactions can lighten your mood and promote a sense of safety, belonging and security. After months of public health restrictions, you might be feeling socially out of the loop or stuck in a rut. I encourage you to make a little extra effort to connect with others while remembering to follow the current public health restrictions and, of course, the fundamentals! Winter is a good time to make plans to regularly pick up the phone or have a video call to catch up with an old friend or family member.

Reduce Stress
Managing stress can be challenging at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic where your usual patterns of work, socialization and activities are disrupted. If you need help, you’re not alone. Try talking to family and friends, use resources in the community such as your doctor, spiritual care provider, or a professional counsellor. Learn more about resources available to you to maintain your mental health.

Eat a Balanced Diet
Eat a balanced diet. Our food choices are shaped by many factors such as taste, cost, availability, advertising, cooking skills and our knowledge about food and nutrition. Eating a variety of foods is another great way to support our physical, social and mental wellbeing. Learn more about Manitoba’s healthy eating guidelines and resources.

Get your flu vaccine
In the same way that the COVID-19 vaccine is showing effectiveness in preventing or reducing COVID-19 symptoms, the flu vaccine protects you from developing the flu caused by the influenza virus. Influenza is primarily spread from person to person through close contact by coughing, sneezing or sharing food or drinks. You can also get the flu by touching objects contaminated with the virus and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose. A person can infect others before, and several days after, symptoms appear. This is why washing your hands, staying home when you are sick, covering your cough and getting the seasonal influenza vaccine is so important.

When you get the flu vaccine, you are protecting yourself, and those around you, against influenza. Immunization has shown to reduce the number of physician visits, hospitalizations and deaths among those at highest risk of influenza and its complications. Getting the flu shot is especially important this year as our health system is under strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All Manitobans over 6 months of age are eligible for the seasonal flu shot. It’s especially recommended for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts.

Let’s stay healthy this winter Manitoba. By making a few small changes, and getting the flu vaccine, we can all be healthier and happier and help ensure that the health care system is there for all Manitobans.

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Find Your
Flu Vaccine

Winter wellness includes getting your flu vaccine. Explore our interactive map to find a clinic or pharmacist that is most convenient for you.

Regional Health
Authorities Activities

Visit the web site for your Regional Health Authority to learn about local initiatives and activities related to the seasonal flu immunization program.

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