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November 12, 2009
Toronto Public Health issues update on HINI
Toronto Public Health today provided an update on H1N1 flu activity in Toronto.

“In the past week, we have continued to see an increase in flu cases, emergency room visits, and flu-like illness in schools,” said Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto. “All of these indicators confirm that the virus continues to circulate in Toronto, and vaccination remains the best way to contain the spread of illness.”

As directed by the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto Public Health continues to vaccinate those in the priority groups at 10 immunization clinics across the city. All Toronto clinics will be closed this Sunday, November 15. Starting Monday, November 16, all 10 locations will be open seven days a week.

Toronto Public Health is working with community partners to open five flu assessment centres, consistent with the City’s pandemic response plan. Assessment centres provide health assessment, treatment and referral services for people who have flu-like symptoms. They do not offer vaccine. Assessment centres in Toronto are part of existing health care facilities such as hospitals and community health centres, and are intended to reduce pressure on hospital emergency rooms and to provide wider access to assessment services.

The five flu assessment centres are:
The Scarborough Hospital - opening today, Thursday, November 12, 3000 Lawrence Ave. E., Building A, 2nd Floor
South East Toronto Family Health Team - opening Monday, November 16, 840 Coxwell Ave., Suite 105
York Community Services - opening Monday, November 16, 1651 Keele St., Main Floor
Humber River Regional Hospital - opening Tuesday, November 17, Finch Professional Building, 2115 Finch Ave. W., Main Floor
Sherbourne Health Centre - opening Wednesday, November 18, 333 Sherbourne St.

Most people who get sick with the flu recover fully without medical treatment. However, anyone who thinks they have H1N1 and feels they need medical treatment should first make an appointment with a doctor. If they don’t have a doctor or access to a walk-in clinic, then the flu assessment centres can provide treatment and referral services. Flu Assessment Centres do not take the place of emergency rooms, and do not treat people with severe illness.

Vaccination clinic schedules and information about Flu Assessment Centres and the services they provide are available at or by calling 311.

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



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