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November 2, 2009
Media Advisory - Toronto Public Health vaccination clinics to be open to priority groups only
Toronto Public Health has announced that the H1N1 vaccination clinics to be held tomorrow and next week will be open to members of priority groups only. This restriction of the vaccine has been mandated by the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

“This measure ensures that those people most at risk of serious illness will get their vaccine,” said Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto. “We will be asking healthy people who are not in the priority groups to be patient and to not attend these clinics.”

The priority groups include:
• pregnant women;
• children 6 months to 5 years;
• people under 65 with chronic conditions;
• people who live with or care for infants under 6 months old and immuno-compromised people;
• health care workers.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Susan Sperling, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974,



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