Everyone can now get H1N1 flu vaccinations at clinics, but local outbreak now over, says medical officer of health

HASTINGS & PRINCE EDWARD COUNTIES – Pandemic H1N1 flu vaccinations will now be widely available locally.

Immunization against pH1N1 influenza is now available to everyone. Priority group restrictions are no longer in effect.

“Our Health Unit worked hard to provide vaccine to those who were most at risk when the pH1N1 outbreak was at its height,” said Dr. Richard Schabas, medical officer of health.

“The pH1N1 outbreak in our area is now over, although we still expect to see sporadic cases and some hospitalizations,” continued Schabas.

“The risk of becoming infected is low and the risk of serious complications for healthy people is very low.

“It’s still important for people with chronic health conditions and for pregnant women to be vaccinated. Others who are healthy may wish to receive the vaccine and can do so.”

The Health Unit has clinics scheduled each weekday until Nov. 27 and will provide vaccine to those family physicians who agree to administer it.

“Sadly, we have received confirmation that a second local adult has died from pH1N1 flu,” said Schabas. “The person had serious medical conditions prior to contracting the flu in early November. For reasons of medical confidentiality, we will not provide more details. Our condolences to the person’s family.”

For more information about H1N1 flu, including details about clinics, visit www.hpechu.on.ca or call 613-966-5513 ext. 655.

H1N1 Vaccination Clinics open to all

Times vary: please check carefully

-Thursday, Nov. 19: Picton: Salvation Army, corner Queen/Elizabeth streets, 1-7 p.m.

– Friday, Nov. 20: Marmora: Marmora Town Hall, 12 Bursthall St., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

– Monday, Nov. 23: Picton: Elks Lodge, 21 Elk St., from 1-7 p.m.

– Tuesday, Nov. 24: Bancroft: Bancroft Professional Building, 1 Manor Lane, Auditorium Lower Level, from 1-6 p.m.

– Wednesday, Nov. 25: Belleville: Greek Community Hall, 70 Harder Dr., from 1-7 p.m.

– Wednesday, Nov. 25: Deseronto: Royal Canadian Legion, 340 Main St., from 1-7 p.m.

– Thursday, Nov. 26: Trenton: Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Stella Cr., from 1-7 p.m.

– Friday, Nov. 27: Stirling: St. Paul’s United Church, 104 Church St., from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

— Press release from the Hastings & Prince Edward health unit

Here’s a television interview with Dr. Schabas from June 12, 2009:

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