November 3, 2009

All 12 H1N1 Immunization Clinics to Reopen Tomorrow

All twelve of the Winnipeg Health Region's H1N1 immunization clinics will be open tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and will continue to focus on the members of the priority group who are most at risk of developing serious complications from H1N1. They are:

  • Children aged six months to under five years old;

  • Anyone of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Metis or Inuit);

  • People under 55 with a chronic medical or other risk condition; and

  • Pregnant women.

The region will continue to screen all individuals who present to any of these clinics. As well, limited occupational clinics are being established for staff of the region's Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units and Medical First Responders (through the city) and community primary care physicians. The clinics will remain open as long as the region has vaccine available.

Both vaccine with and without adjuvant will be available. Only pregnant women will be eligible to receive the vaccine without adjuvant.

The number of doses of adjuvanted vaccine that are now available is higher than originally estimated, now at 12,000 doses for two reasons: when the region cancelled its staff immunization clinics, a much larger amount of vaccine was returned from the various sites and facilities; as well as the large number of children who were vaccinated yesterday (children require only a half dose of vaccine and take longer to vaccinate). The region is also expecting to receive its third shipment of about 8,000 doses of adjuvanted vaccine later this week.

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