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May 19, 2005
Paramedics reach out to homeless youth – Meningitis C immunization clinic at Touchstone Youth Centre
Paramedics from Toronto Emergency Medical Services’ Community Medicine Program
will be immunizing homeless youth at the Touchstone Youth Centre this evening.

This week marks the launch of the EMS Community Medicine Program’s Meningitis C
immunization clinics, aimed at protecting marginalized youth in shelters from
getting this vaccine-preventable disease.

Date: Thursday, May 19

Time: 6 to 7 p.m.

Place: Touchstone Youth Centre, 1076 Pape Ave. (south of O’Connor Drive)

Toronto’s paramedics are working with Toronto Public Health and other community
partners on a variety of illness and injury prevention initiatives, including
flu shot clinics at homeless shelters, child window and balcony safety and
seniors’ falls prevention.

The clinic is being operated in partnership with Toronto Public Health’s
Vaccine Preventable Disease Program. In June 2005 Toronto Public Health will
offer Meningitis C immunization community clinics for youth aged 15 to 19. For
more information, call the Immunization Info Line at 416-392-1250 or visit

Touchstone Youth Centre is an emergency shelter for homeless youth aged 16 to
20. For more information on Touchstone visit

Media contacts:

Larry Roberts
Media Co-ordinator
416-392-2255 (office)
416-708-8125 (cell)

Sheree Hryhor
Community Medicine Program Co-ordinator

Todd Minerson
Acting Executive Director
Touchstone Youth Centre



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