PHOTO: Elder Joshua Morris of Tataskweyak Cree Nation receives his flu shot, administered by Dr. Barry Lavallee of MKO

For immediate release
October 28, 2019

Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MBManitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is encouraging First Nations citizens across the Province of Manitoba to get their annual flu shot as soon as possible.

“I am encouraging all First Nations citizens from Northern Manitoba to get your flu shot sooner rather than later,” stated Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to start working, so it’s important to be proactive and get your shot now, before anyone gets sick. Health research shows that Indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to an increased risk of serious illness from the flu. Making a habit of getting your flu shot every year is a great way to protect yourself and the people around you, at home and in your First Nation, from the very young to the elderly.”

The annual flu vaccine is free of charge and is available now from healthcare providers and pharmacies across the province. Contact your local health facility or find a list of scheduled vaccine clinics in your area here.