H1N1 Immunization Clinics to Begin on October 30th
Starting October 30th, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit will be holding free H1N1 immunization clinics throughout the five Eastern Counties. The clinics will run until November 27th, and will be held in Alexandria, Casselman, Chesterville, Cornwall, Hawkesbury and Rockland. Clinic dates and locations can be found on the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s website at www.eohu.ca. or click this link to see the full flyer –> h1n1flyer
The adjuvanted H1N1 flu vaccine will be offered to all those who need and want it. Residents who are at higher risk of developing serious complications from H1N1, or those who are in contact with people at higher risk, will be the priority for the October 30th and 31st clinics. This includes:
- people 65 and under with chronic conditions
- pregnant women*
- healthy children 6 months to under five years of age
- healthcare workers
- household contacts and care providers of persons at high risk who cannot be immunized or may not respond to vaccines
Clinics for the rest of the population will be held between November 5th and November 27th.
* Unadjuvanted vaccine will not be available until early November. All pregnant women with pre-existing health conditions and healthy pregnant women in the second half of their pregnancy (more than 20 weeks) should speak to their healthcare provider about receiving the adjuvanted vaccine. Healthy pregnant women in the first half of their pregnancy are at less risk of complications from the flu, and should wait to receive the unadjuvanted vaccine, when it is available.
“The H1N1 vaccine is both safe and effective. We encourage everyone to get it,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “Getting immunized is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting ill with H1N1.”
The H1N1 vaccine is only available through the community clinics. For logistical reasons, physicians will not be giving the H1N1 vaccine in their offices. Municipalities will be offering transportation to the clinics for those who need it. Residents who do not have access to transportation should call their municipality.
Due to the large number of clinics being held, the Health Unit is advising residents that some less essential services may be temporarily interrupted. For more information about program schedules or immunization clinics, please visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s website at www.eohu.ca, or call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120.
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