Local mom talks about importance of getting flu shot
Erin Schoenfeld makes sure her entire family gets the flu shot each year.
In 2009 she didn’t and her oldest son became infected with the influenza virus. His physician now believe it was the virus that trigged for what became Type 1 diabetes.
In the scheme of things, taking the time to get immunized is very insignificant, she said.
"When you think about the investment of time and energy required to care for a sick child or in our case manage blood sugar values."
As a result of this life-changing experience, Schoenfeld said she developed a healthy respect for the consequences of what seemingly harmless viruses can leave you with.
"If you aren't going to be immunized for yourself, I think it's important to do it for other people - people that you care about, people that you love," she said.
The Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) will set up a flu shot clinic next week at Prairieland Park. The vaccine to prevent the respiratory infection is free for everyone in the province.
"Influenza gives you a sore throat, cough and then other symptoms like fever and muscle aches," said Dr. Ross Findlater, Deputy Medical Health Officer with SHR.
Young children, seniors, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women are most at risk and should get the vaccine, Findlater said.
For a list of clinic hours and locations visit www.4flu.ca
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