Friday, November 13, 2009

IMPORTANT: Combined H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Clinics Resume Across Interior Health Next Week

Combined H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Clinics are resuming across the region the week of November 16, 2009.

“Based on vaccine supply, we are able to resume offering the H1N1 vaccine to our priority groups at mass clinics across Interior Health next week,” says Dr. Andrew Larder, Senior Medical Health Officer for Interior Health. “There will be close to 50 clinics held across the region next week and I would encourage all that meet the eligibility criteria and have not yet been vaccinated, to do so at a clinic in their area.”

The eligibility criteria is expected to expand for next week’s clinics and will be announced later today or tomorrow.

In keeping with Provincial recommendations, the following priority groups will continue receiving their H1N1 vaccinations first:
· Pregnant women in the second half of pregnancy
· Children 6 months to 59 months of age
· Persons less than 65 years with chronic conditions
· Persons residing in remote communities, including all Aboriginal populations
· Healthcare workers involved in responding to pandemic influenza
· Household contacts/care providers of infants from birth to 6 months when the household contact/care provider is less than 65 years
· Household contacts/care providers of persons who are immunocompromised when BOTH the immunocompromised person AND the household contact/care provider are less than 65 years.
Find the Clinic Nearest You

The times, dates and locations of the clinic nearest you – where you can get both the H1N1 vaccine and a seasonal flu shot – will be posted, when available at:
· Flu Clinic Locator at or
· HealthLink BC, dial 8-1-1, available 24 hours a day
· Your local Public Health Centre.
Both H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccines are also available from many physicians and walk-in clinics, and in the coming weeks from some pharmacies.


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