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Seasonal influenza campaign update

October 6, 2015

Ensuring the health and wellness of our communities is a collective responsibility.

Influenza is ranked among the top 10 infectious diseases affecting the Canadian population and, as healthcare professionals, you play an important role in the battle to stop its spread.

Ensuring the health and wellness of our communities is a collective responsibility.

Influenza is ranked among the top 10 infectious diseases affecting the Canadian population and, as healthcare professionals, you play an important role in the battle to stop its spread. 

As you prepare for the upcoming influenza season, Alberta Health Services encourages you to get immunized as soon as possible, recommend immunization to your patients or clients, and encourage prevention practices such as respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. Even if you don't administer vaccine, you can still play a key role in immunizations as educators and facilitators. 

Your participation can help protect high risk groups including children, seniors, pregnant women and those working in close contact with vulnerable patients and seniors – such as your colleagues in Alberta’s healthcare facilities.

For more information on this year’s influenza immunization campaign, ACP encourages you to visit Alberta Health Services website for health professionals.  The website provides resources and information on the Influenza Immunization Program, and outlines the policy, protocols and guidelines for 2015.

Also refer to previous issues of ACP's The Link and aφnews for articles related to influenza. 

If community pharmacists have any questions related to the Influenza Immunization Program, please email Alberta Health at health.imm@gov.ab.ca.  All questions regarding billing are to be directed to Alberta Blue Cross.


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