H1N1 vaccination clinics start Oct. 28 in Bancroft

HASTINGS & PRINCE EDWARD (Oct. 21, 2009) – The influenza season has begun earlier than usual and mild illness is widespread in the community.

“The flu strain we are dealing with this season is pandemic H1N1 influenza,” says Dr. Richard Schabas, medical officer of health for the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit. “Most people who get the flu will experience mild symptoms and they should stay home until they are feeling better.”

The Health Unit will begin pH1N1 influenza vaccination clinics the week of Oct. 26.

Ontario has the ability to provide pH1N1 flu vaccine to everyone but those most at risk of complications will receive their vaccinations before the general public.

The first clinic, on Wednesday, Oct. 28 will be for:

· those under the age of 65 with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, asthma, cancer or kidney disease

· This includes pregnant women with chronic medical conditions. (Pregnant women are encouraged to discuss pH1N1 vaccination with their doctor or midwife.)

The Wednesday, Oct. 28 clinics for the above people only will be held from 1-7 p.m. in:

Bancroft: Bancroft Professional Building, 1 Manor Lane

Picton: Picton Elks Lodge, 1 Elk’s Street

Belleville: Greek Community Hall, 70 Harder Drive

Quinte West: Trenton City Hall, 7 Creswell Drive

Madoc: Madoc Kiwanis Centre, 139 Lawrence Street

Details of subsequent clinics and more information about pH1N1 are available at www.hpechu.on.ca or by calling the Health Unit at 613-966-5513 ext. 655.

Ways to Help Reduce the Spread of Flu

* Wash your hands.

* Cough and/or sneeze into your sleeve.

* Stay home when you’re sick

* Clean and disinfect high touch areas (like doorknobs, keyboards, and countertops).

* Get your H1N1 flu shot when it’s available.

* Watch the media for clinic details or visit www.hpechu.on.ca

Those who experience more than mild illness, or people with other serious illnesses who suffer flu-like symptoms, should contact their health care provider or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

— Hastings/Prince Edward health unit press release

View the federal government’s fightflu.ca website by clicking here.

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