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Health Monitor

A health care professional administers a flu shot. Clinics and pharmacies started providing flu shots in St. Albert this week.

Flu shots are now available to the public and with higher than average cases this year a local doctor is urging the public to get immunized.

Dr. David Ryan of Rivercrest Medical Clinic says it’s important for both healthy and vulnerable people to get their flu shots in order to stop the spread of the viral infection, which can cause serious complications.

Influenza can cause pneumonia, respiratory and kidney problems. In some cases it can also cause viral meningitis. Last year, AHS reported 1,600 influenza-related hospital admissions and 60 deaths.

There is no treatment for influenza, said Ryan, so the best way to fight the virus is to not get it in the first place.

Immunization is paid for by the province or private medical clinics. “So it’s of no cost to patients, but has big benefits to society,” said Ryan.

There have been 61 lab confirmed cases of influenza in the province since the beginning of September.

Drop-in immunization clinics began Monday at the St. Albert Inn. They will be offered until Nov. 5. Shots will also be available at the St. Albert Public Health Centre from Nov. 7 to Nov. 26.

In Morinville, clinics will be held at the Morinville Seniors’ Rendez-Vous Centre and at the Morinville Health Unit in the Provincial Building. See www.albertahealthservices.ca/influ/ for more information.

Flu shots are also available at local doctors’ offices and pharmacies.

The Morinville Family Medical Clinic began taking patients this week.

The new medical facility, owned by Alberta Medical Professionals, currently has one full-time physician, Dr. Moutazbellah Raoubi, who will work during the day Monday through Saturday. Another four general practitioners will rotate through the evening hours.

The clinic is located in the Trade Developments 100 Block West building on 100 Avenue and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic will accept both patients and walk-ins.

An adjoining pharmacy is under construction and should be open in late November to early December.

The St. Albert and Sturgeon PCN was featured in a three-part series written by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Written by CPSA Registrar Dr. Trevor Theman, the series of articles focuses on what the PCN does right.

“The St. Albert and Sturgeon primary care network exemplifies what’s best about PCNs,” says Theman. “They focus on meeting the specific needs of the populations they serve, and their use of other health professionals ensures patients get the right kind of care at the right time from the right provider.”

The series of articles concluded in September and can be accessed at cpsa.ca/category/latest-news/.

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