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AHS public flu shot clinics open in Lethbridge, across Alberta

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Several hundred people rolled up their sleeves Tuesday at the first mass public flu shot clinic held at Lethbridge Exhibition Park.

Many of those were families with young kids.

Local Medical Health Officer, Dr. Vivien Suttorp says this is just the start of the influenza season here. “It’s typical at this time of year we start seeing random cases in October. The thing is, it takes two weeks to build up optimal immunity after a vaccine. So get your vaccine now before the wave of influenza hits.”

Suttorp says this vaccine protects against two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B.

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She also notes public health is responsible for vaccinating kids five years and younger, so that’s why these mass public clinics are especially important for families.

Dr. Suttorp says last season, 72% of flu cases were prevented through vaccine. “We know that it’s effective,” says Suttorp. “There’s no vaccine that is 100%. People may still get ill, but in general it would be a milder sickness, less complications, and have shorter duration of illness.”

Suttorp stresses children under two years of age are most vulnerable along with people with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, and the elderly are at most risk of complications with the flu.

To check out times and locations for public flu shot clinics visit the Alberta Health Services web site.

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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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