Princeton lone OK city with H1N1 clinic

Due to the Canadian shortage of H1N1 vaccine, Princeton will be one of only four communities within Interior Health hosting a Public Health mass flu clinic next week.

The clinics will provide H1N1 vaccination to those at highest risk of serious complications (see below) from H1N1 flu virus, as well as the seasonal flu shot to those 65 years and older and those at risk of health complications from the flu.

Princeton’s combined clinic for those at highest risk will be held on:

  • Tuesday, November 10th
  • Princeton Riverside Wellness Centre
  • 148 Old Hedley Road
  • No appointment necessary
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    In keeping with Provincial recommendations, only the following priority groups will receive their H1N1 vaccinations at this clinic:

  • Pregnant women in the second half of pregnancy(See note below)
  • Children 6 months – 59 months of age (less than 5 years old)
  • Persons under age 65 with chronic conditions
  • Persons residing in remote communities including all Aboriginal populations
  • Health care workers involved in responding to pandemic influenza
  • Household contacts and care providers of infants from birth to 6 months of age when the contact/care provider is less than 65 years
  • Household contacts and care providers of persons who are immunocompromised when BOTH the immunocompromised person AND the household contact/care provider are less than 65 years.

    Note: Those people 65 years and older will not be receiving H1N1 vaccine, only seasonal flu vaccine, at this time.

    Pregnant Women:

    A limited supply of unadjuvanted H1N1 vaccine is expected to begin arriving in Interior Health the week of Nov 9th. Pregnant women are encouraged to contact their health care provider to discuss and/or receive the vaccine, as this vaccine stock is being routed to physicians providing prenatal and obstetrical care.

    The unadjuvanted vaccine will not be provided through public clinics at this time.

    To Find the Clinic Nearest You:

    Once sufficient vaccine supply is received, additional clinics will be scheduled in communities throughout the Interior.

    Details about times, dates and locations of the clinic nearest you the following week – where you can get both the H1N1 vaccine and a seasonal flu shot – will be posted by end of day Wednesday at:

  • Flu Clinic Locator at www.interiorhealth.ca or www.immunizebc.ca
  • HealthLink BC, dial 8-1-1, available 24 hours a day
  • Your local Public Health Centre.

    For the week November 9-14, people in the highest risk category, living in communities where there will not be a mass clinic, should be directed to check with their family physician or walk-in clinics to see if they have some remaining vaccine available.

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