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October 25, 2005
Mayor David Miller helps "Beat the Flu"
Mayor David Miller and Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Director, Communicable Disease
Control, today launched this year's influenza clinics by getting their flu
shots at City Hall.

"We want to encourage all Toronto residents, including children between six and
23 months and their families, to get vaccinated and help us beat the flu," said
Dr. Yaffe. "The more people get the shot, the more likely we are to prevent
illness. It's called herd immunity and it works."

Sixty-five clinics will be held in malls, civic centres, libraries, community
centres and other locations across the city. The clinics will run from Tuesday,
October 25 to Wednesday, November 30 and from Monday, January 16 to Thursday,
January 19, 2006. Last year, Toronto Public Health vaccinated more than 42,000

The flu clinics are part of a provincially-funded campaign administered by
public health units and health professionals throughout the province. Ontario
is the first jurisdiction in North America to make flu shots available to the
general public at no cost.

Each year the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the dominant strains
of flu virus in circulation. The vaccine is considered 70 to 90 per cent
effective in preventing the flu in the majority of people. Studies have shown
that vaccination can reduce flu-related hospitalizations by 60 per cent among
the elderly and flu-related deaths by up to 85 per cent.

Registered nurses will be staffing the clinics and will answer questions about
the vaccine.

For more information about the flu and the schedule of clinics, call
1-866-FLU-N-YOU (1-866-358-6968) or visit

Media contact:

Gil Hardy
Toronto Public Health



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