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October 21, 2009
Toronto Public Health set to launch H1N1 vaccine clinics
  
Toronto Public Health is encouraging everyone to get immunized against the H1N1 flu virus at public clinics beginning November 2. The clinics will run for approximately six weeks in 10 locations across the city.

“Get the shot. Immunization is the best way to protect yourself, and those around you,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Director of Communicable Disease Control with Toronto Public Health. “We will have enough vaccine to immunize everyone who wants and needs the shot. We also have the capability to run more clinics if demand is high.”

The clinics are open to all Torontonians. Those who would benefit most from early vaccination are encouraged to come out first. These groups include:
• People with chronic medical conditions under the age of 65
• Healthy children from six months to five years old
• Care providers and household contacts of persons at high risk who cannot be immunized
or may not respond to vaccines
• Health care workers
• Pregnant women - adjuvanted vaccine is available for women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant. Women less than 20 weeks pregnant and who do not have an underlying medical condition may wish to wait until unadjuvanted vaccine is available.

In addition, Toronto Public Health has sent letters to hospitals, long-term care homes, correctional facilities, and approximately 4,000 doctors across the city inviting them to deliver vaccine to their staff and patients.

A backgrounder with clinic hours and locations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/health.

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.

Rishma Govani
Media Relations Coordinator
Toronto Public Health
Tel: 416-338-7974
e-mail: rgovani@toronto.ca


 

 

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