Local health officials investigate at possible H1N1 ‘swine’ flu death; more flu vaccination clinics planned this week

HASTINGS & PRINCE EDWARD – H1N1 illness is widespread throughout local communities. There is a high number of visits to area emergency departments. The volume of visits does not appear to be increasing in recent days.

The Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, in conjunction with Quinte Health Care, is investigating the death on Sunday, Nov. 1 of a person with flu-like illness.

“This may well be our first H1N1 death,” said Dr. Richard Schabas. “We are awaiting the results of further tests.”

The Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit had held 25 public clinics for high priority groups by Sunday, Nov. 1. More high priority clinics will be held from Nov. 4 through Nov. 6.

The schedule is available at www.hpechu.on.ca or by calling 613-966-5513 ext. 655

Clinics for the week of November 2 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

· Pregnant women

· Healthy children six months to under five years of age

· Anyone sharing a household with or a care provider of a baby less than six months of age. (Babies less than six months cannot receive the vaccine.)

· Household contacts and care providers of people with serious immune deficiencies.

Vaccination Clinics

Times: All clinics on Nov. 4, 5 and 6 will run from 2 – 7 p.m.

Locations: Please check carefully since they may vary from day-to-day

Wednesday, Nov 4.

Bancroft – North Hastings High School – 14 Monck Street

Belleville – Centennial Secondary School – 160 Palmer Road

Trenton – Trenton High School – 15 Fourth Avenue

Marmora – Marmora Town Hall – 12 Bursthall Street

Deseronto – Royal Canadian Legion – 340 Main Street

Thursday, Nov. 5

Bancroft – North Hastings Senior Elementary School – 132 Newkirk Blvd

Madoc – Centre Hastings Secondary School – 129 Elgin Street

Belleville – Centennial Secondary School – 160 Palmer Road

Trenton – Trenton High School – 15 Fourth Avenue

Wellington – Wellington United Church – 247 Main St

Friday, Nov. 6

Bancroft – North Hastings High School – 14 Monck Street

Belleville – Centennial Secondary School – 160 Palmer Road

Trenton – Trenton High School – 15 Fourth Avenue

Picton – Prince Edward Collegiate – 41 Barker Street

Stirling – Stirling Senior Public School – 107 St. James Street

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
  • Unless your flu symptoms are serious, do not go to a hospital Emergency Department.

To help make that decision, see the self-assessment tool at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ccom/flu/

— Hastings & Prince Edward Counties health unit press release

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