H1N1 clinics now open to all
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Nov 20, 2009  |  Vote 0    0

H1N1 clinics now open to all

Stratford Gazette

The Perth District Health Unit has announced that pending vaccine availability; all Perth County residents six months of age and older can receive their vaccine at community clinics.The next clinic in Stratford is this Friday, Nov. 20 from 2-7:30 p.m. at the Rotary Complex. The Health Unit received another shipment of vaccine earlier this week and it is expected that the vaccine will continue to be delivered in the coming weeks. "We are pleased that we are able to move into this final stage of the H1N1 vaccination campaign," says Dr. Miriam Klassen, acting medical officer of health. "We appreciate the patience and understanding of our residents and welcome anyone who has not been vaccinated to come forward to receive their immunization."Because the clinics are now open to everyone, residents should anticipate busier clinics and plan accordingly. Anyone coming to the clinics should bring their health card and driver's licence (if applicable). If you do not have either of these cards, you will still be able to receive the vaccine.Clinic schedules are being planned on a day-to-day basis due to vaccine supply issues, so the health unit is encouraging residents to check for updates at website at www.pdhu.on.ca or call Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext 267.Last week, the Public Health Agency of Canada updated its recommendations on H1N1 flu vaccine dosing for children between six months and nine years of age. Children between six months and under three  should receive two half-doses of adjuvanted vaccine, given at least 21 days apart. Children between three and 10 who are immunocompromised should also receive the same treatment.At this time, healthy children between three and under 10 should only receive a single half dose of the H1N1 vaccine.

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