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January 7, 2011
Toronto Public Health announces four new flu clinics starting Saturday, January 8
  
It’s not too late to get your flu shot. The flu season peaks from December to March. By getting your flu shot now, you can still protect your loved ones, your co-workers and the public.

In response to the increase in the spread of the influenza virus this season, Toronto Public Health is opening four additional flu vaccination clinics to protect you for the rest of the flu season.

These clinics will begin on Saturday, January 8 until January 20. The clinics that were already scheduled will also continue throughout January.

To date, 662 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza have been reported which is higher than expected for this time of year. As seen in previous influenza seasons, higher rates of infection are being reported among children less than four years of age and those older than 65 years.

Everyone should get the flu shot as everyone is at risk of getting the flu. Each year, 20 per cent of Canadians fall sick with the flu. Although most people who get the flu will not get seriously ill, high-risk people can become very ill with complications. People who are at high risk include: people 65 years and older; all children four years of age and under; residents of nursing homes or chronic care facilities; people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, lung, heart or kidney disease; pregnant women; Aboriginal peoples; and people who are obese. Complications can include pneumonia, ear infections, dehydration and, in rare cases, death.

This year`s flu shot is safe and offers a good match to the circulating influenza virus. It covers three strains of the virus, including H3N2 and H1N1 which are the predominant strains this year so far. Last year’s pandemic flu shot does not provide protection against the H3N2 strain.

You can also get your flu shot through your family doctor. Toronto Public Health has encouraged doctors to vaccinate their patients. All flu vaccinations are free to the public.

The dates and times for the four additional Toronto Public Health flu clinics are:
Saturday, January 8, Etobicoke Civic Centre, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, January 11, Toronto City Hall, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, January 15, North York Civic Centre, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 20, Metro Hall, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The other clinics will be held as scheduled:
Monday, January 10, North York Civic Centre, 4 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 11, Scarborough Civic Centre, 4 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 12, Etobicoke Civic Centre, 4 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 13, East York Civic Centre, 4 to 8 p.m.

You can learn more about the flu by visiting http://www.toronto.ca/health/cdc/factsheets/pdf/fs_influenza.pdf.

For the full flu vaccination clinic schedule or more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/health/flu/pdf/flu_schedule.pdf or call 416-338-7600.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Ahmad Saidullah, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974, asaidul@toronto.ca


 

 

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