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November 20, 2000
Toronto Public Health launches flu immunization campaign
Toronto Public Health --- Toronto's Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr.
Barbara Yaffe, today launched a campaign to immunize Toronto residents against

Toronto Public Health is holding 95 flu vaccination clinics in 65 locations
across the city during the next two months.

"Last year, Toronto Public Health investigated 57 influenza outbreaks in
chronic care facilities, hospitals and other institutions," said Dr. Yaffe.
"These outbreaks resulted in 45 deaths from flu-related complications."

In the past, Toronto Public Health has promoted vaccinations to high-risk
groups such as the elderly and those with chronic illnesses, but this is the
first campaign targeted at the general population. The program is part of a
provincially-funded initiative administered by public health units and health
professionals throughout Ontario.

"A vaccination is a simple way to beat the flu and reduce the risk of spreading
it to friends and family members," said Dr. Yaffe. "The more people we
vaccinate, the greater chance we have of reducing flu-related deaths, health
care costs, over-crowding in hospital emergency rooms and lost work time."

The flu shot is recommended for anyone over six months of age. Those with
serious allergies to eggs or the preservative Thimerosal should not get the

Toronto Public Health is holding clinics in malls, civic centres, libraries,
community centres and other locations across Toronto.

Vaccination clinics will run from today until December 15, and then again from
January 8 until January 19. For information about a clinic near you, call
1-866-FLU-N-YOU (1-866-358-6968), or visit the Toronto Public Health Web site

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