Flu clinics are open

Public flu clinics opened across the territory this week, and the Yukon government is encouraging all Yukoners to get their flu shots.

Public flu clinics opened across the territory this week, and the Yukon government is encouraging all Yukoners to get their flu shots.

“I know all Yukoners have busy lives, and if we can avoid getting the flu, we can look forward to a more enjoyable and productive fall and winter,” Premier Darrell Pasloski said in a news release.

Flu shots are especially important for the very young, the elderly, people with chronic conditions and those working in health care, as well as those who interact with these vulnerable people.

The shots are not always a perfect match for the actual strains that end up circulating in a given season. But Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, said it’s still valuable to get immunized.

“For a few minutes of your time, for free, you can get a vaccine that will cut your chances of getting influenza at least in half, protect those people at risk of complications from getting influenza, and help limit the circulation of influenza in the community,” he said in the release. “That’s a pretty good deal.”

In January 2014, during an especially heavy flu season, Whitehorse ran out of flu vaccines for the first time. At the time, 9,000 Yukoners had been immunized.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Site selection for battery project draws ire of nearby landowners

Yukon Energy is accepting public comments on three possible sites for the project

Taking a closer look at the cosmos

Star gazing party scheduled for Sept. 18

Former Yukon U president takes new job following resignation

Vice President University Services Maggie Matear has been appointed as interim president

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Sept. 18, 2020

Arrest made in 2019 Ross River murder

Phillip Atkinson, 63, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mary Ann Ollie

Baggage screening changes begin

Passengers are asked to arrive earlier than normal in order to accommodate the new temporary system

Yukon Government extends education review

The final report is scheduled for release in March 2021

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Lawsuit against Freedom Trails settled

The suit was dismissed with consent of all parties

Tank farm takes another step towards development

OCP designation passes second reading

Climate change strategy targets 30 per cent reduction in territory greenhouse gases by 2030

The strategy includes rebates for electric vehicles but puts off mining targets for two years

Watson Lake to hold mayoral byelection

Residents of Watson Lake will elect a new mayor on Oct. 8.… Continue reading

Teslin Tlingit Council elects chief, deputy chief

Teslin Tlingit Council citizens have elected Eric Morris as the new Naa Sháade Háni

Most Read