Health Unit Revises H1N1 Vaccine Clinic Schedule

REVISED, NOV 2, 2009, 7 P.M.:

To best manage the current delays in H1N1 vaccine delivery, the Sudbury & District Health Unit has revised its clinic schedule to ensure that people in the six priority groups are vaccinated as quickly as possible.

 The clinic previously scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at the Espanola Mall has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 3 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Espanola Elks Club, 539 Second Avenue in Espanola.

 

The clinics previously scheduled at the Garson Community Centre Hall and the Rainbow Centre have been moved to the New Sudbury Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 5.

 

The revised schedule is posted on the Health Unit’s website at www.sdhu.com.

 

As of Saturday, October 31, the Health Unit had vaccinated almost 10,000 people at its community clinics. Over 8000 additional doses have been distributed to hospitals and health care providers’ offices. The Health Unit expects that another 11,000 people in the six priority groups will be immunized through community clinics, targeted clinics and health care providers’ offices this week.

 

Targeted clinics include those organized for health care workers.

 

Another targeted group is pregnant women and household contacts or care providers of infants under six months of age. These people are asked to contact the Health Unit to book an appointment at special clinics, which will be held Wednesday, November 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 5 from 8:30 a.m.to 8:30 p.m. at the Health Unit’s main office at 1300 Paris Street, Sudbury. Call 522-9200.

 

Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, is also reinforcing the message that the community clinics are only for people in the following six priority groups:

 

People under 65 years of age with chronic conditions (for example, asthma, diabetes, heart condition, lung condition)

Pregnant women

Healthy children 6 months to under 5 years of age

People living in remote and isolated settings or communities

Health care workers involved in pandemic response or the delivery of essential health care services

Household contacts and care providers of people at high risk who cannot be immunized or who may not respond to vaccines

 

 “If you are in one of these priority groups, I strongly encourage you to get your H1N1 flu shot at one of our Health Unit community clinics, or call one of our offices to make an appointment,” said Dr. Sutcliffe. “But, if you do not fall into one of these groups, you will not be immunized at the community clinics,” she added.

Everyone else is asked to come to the second round of clinics. Details will be made available to the public once the clinic dates and times are confirmed.

 

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Sudbury & District Medical Officer of Health, reminds people that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s on-line self-assessment tool can help people decide what to do when they think they may have the flu.

 

Go to: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ccom/flu/h1n1/public/tools/assessment/default.aspx

You can also call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

1-866-797-0000

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