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October 22, 2002
Toronto Public Health to hold free flu clinics
Free flu vaccination clinics begin today, Tuesday, October 22 and will run
through November 22. Toronto Public Health will be sponsoring a total of 67
free flu vaccination clinics at 31 locations throughout the city. The clinics
will resume January 13-16.

"Already this season there have been two influenza outbreaks in Ontario. Even
if people were vaccinated last year, they should still get their shot this
year," said Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe. "Each year a
new vaccine is made to match the most current strains of the influenza virus."

The flu can have serious health complications for the elderly and those with
chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems. "We want everyone to get a
shot to protect themselves and prevent spreading the flu to those who may
suffer serious complications," said Dr. Yaffe.

Last year, over 30,000 people were vaccinated at Toronto Public Health clinics.
Clinics are being offered in malls, shopping centres and civic centres across
the city. Many clinics will operate during evening hours and on weekends to
accommodate those with busy work and family schedules.

This is the third year Toronto Public Health has offered free influenza
vaccinations to the general public as part of a partnership with the provincial
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

For more information about the flu vaccination program, or for clinic
locations, call 1-866-FLU-N-YOU (1-866-358-6968) or visit the Toronto Public
Health web site at

Media Contact
Susan Sperling,
Toronto Public Health,



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