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January 10, 2011
Media availability today - Toronto's additional flu clinics
  
Dr. Vinita Dubey, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Communicable Disease Control for Toronto Public Health, will be available on-site for media interviews at the North York Civic Centre flu clinic today, January 10.

Date: Monday, January 10
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.

As announced on Friday, in response to an increase in reported cases of the influenza virus Toronto Public Health has opened additional flu vaccination clinics to ensure the public is protected for the rest of the flu season. The clinics will run until January 20.

"It’s not too late to get your flu shot," said Dr. Dubey. "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."

To date, 739 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza have been reported which is higher than expected. Excluding a pandemic year, the five-year average (2004/05 to 2008/09) for this time of year is 109 cases. As seen in previous influenza seasons, higher rates of infection are being reported this season among children less than four years of age and those older than 65 years.

“The flu shot is safe and offers a good match to the circulating influenza virus. This year's vaccine covers three strains of the virus, including H3N2 and H1N1, which are the predominant strains so far this year," said Dr. Dubey. “Toronto Public Health has encouraged doctors to vaccinate their patients. All flu vaccinations are free to the public.”

Everyone is at risk of getting the flu. Each year, 20 per cent of Canadians get the flu. Although most people who get the flu will not get seriously ill, high-risk people can become very ill with complications.

Those 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.

The flu clinics will be held on:
Monday, January 10, North York Civic Centre, 4 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 11, Toronto City Hall, 11 a.m. to 3 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.
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.

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.

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


 

 

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