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Alberta’s annual flu shot campaign now underway

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Albertans are being encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot.

Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says this year is a double threat from influenza and COVID-19.

Hinshaw says as of now, pharmacies and doctor’s offices around the province are giving the flu vaccine to anyone over five years of age.

“Alberta Health Services is delivering vaccinations this year by appointment only for younger children (under 5) and their households, for people who don’t have a provincial health number, and where there is no other immunization provider. Please book your appointment as soon as possible,” Hinshaw said last Friday.

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Dr. Hinshaw stresses the more we can avoid influenza-related tests, emergency visits and hospitalizations the stronger our system will be to support those with COVID-19 and all other health care needs.

The province of Alberta has ordered nearly two million doses of influenza vaccine. Last year, one in three Albertans got the flu shot, numbers Hinshaw stressed must be better than that.

Hinshaw says the flu shot won’t prevent COVID-19, “but it will reduce your chances of getting sick with influenza and spreading it to others”.

During the 2019-2020 influenza season, the were roughly 8,500 confirmed cases across Alberta with 41 deaths reported due to flu complications.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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