Locations of influenza immunization clinics in Edmonton, Alberta, are available by visiting Albertahealthservices.ca and selecting Influenza under Quick Links. Click on Find Your Local Clinic Schedule, and enter the postal code or city/town to view a listing of clinics in the area.
Influenza, typically a seasonal flu, is a viral infection caused by influenza viruses A and B. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, a dry cough and a sore throat, according to Myhealth.alberta.ca. These are worse in the first three days, but it can take one to two weeks to fully recover from influenza. The flu may also lead to more serious issues, such as bronchitis, ear infections and pneumonia. Young children, pregnant women, seniors and those with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to complications.
The Alberta government recommends that all residents 6 months of age and older be immunized against influenza each year, according to Alberta Health Services. As of October 2015, individuals who live, work or attend school in the province receive free immunizations. A medical professional administers the vaccination by an injection or nasal spray.
The flu shot does not prevent a person from obtaining the flu, but does lessen its symptoms. People with the flu are advised to get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids and avoid spreading the virus to others, notes WebMD.