Manitoba wants to increase access to high-dose flu shots this fall.
The provincial government says concerns are higher than normal this year due to the coronavirus, and it anticipates demand for the flu shot will go up.
Chief Public Health Officer Doctor Brent Roussin stated that Manitobans need to plan for a challenging flu season as COVID-19, influenza, and colds will be occurring at the same time this fall.
The Manitoba government is expanding the criteria for the vaccine to allow more seniors to get the high-dose flu shot, including those living north of the 53rd parallel and living on a First Nation or remote community.
For the upcoming flu season, the province says it will order up to 21, 500 high dose vaccines, ten thousand more than in 2019.