December 3, 2009
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York encourages all adults and children to get their H1N1 flu vaccine

Vaccination lowers the risk of illness and offers best protection from disease
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York continues to encourage all York Region residents over the age of six months to get vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus.
 
“Most people understand the need to immunize those that are at severe risk for complications from the H1N1 flu virus.  However, I want to stress the importance of immunizing all healthy children and adults,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health.  “The more people that are vaccinated the better protection communities as a whole have against viruses, including the H1N1 flu virus.”
 
Protecting our community involves everyone, including healthy children and adults
Vaccination remains our best tool against disease. Those that are more susceptible to viruses and complications, such as children younger than six months of age, are better protected from disease when there is greater immunity in others within their community.
 
Vaccination also lowers the risk for becoming ill, reduces the rates of hospitalization and longer term effects of disease. This enables us to remain healthy and we are able to take care of others who may be sick.  Without vaccination, small outbreaks can turn into larger events if the community is not protected.  We take care of others, as well as ourselves, by being vaccinated.
 
Higher reported rates of hospitalization among children with the H1N1 flu virus
While most cases of the flu viruses, including the H1N1 virus, can be managed at home, a recent report from the Canadian Paediatric Society indicates that children are being hospitalized with H1N1 flu at rates far outpacing previous flu seasons.
 
This research also indentifies that unlike a typical flu season, where young children are more likely to suffer serious illness, H1N1 is hitting older children hard as well.
 
Influenza-like illnesses, like seasonal flu viruses and the H1N1 flu virus, are caused by viruses that are easy to catch and easy to spread.  Symptoms include a headache, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, fever, fatigue and weakness.
 
Most York Region community H1N1 flu shot clinics, offering both adjuvanted and unadjuvanted H1N1 flu vaccines, operate seven days a week.
 
The H1N1 flu virus vaccine is being provided to York Region residents at no cost.  For electronic tracking purposes only, residents attending the H1N1 flu virus clinics are encouraged to bring their health card and/or driver’s license.  Vaccine will be offered to residents who attend a clinic without their health card.  
 
All York Region clinics are scheduled to close at the end of day on Sunday, December 13th.
 
H1N1 flu vaccines will continue to be available from participating family doctors, and may be available through some workplace programs in upcoming weeks.

York Region H1N1 clinics:

Municipality

Location and Address

Dates and Times

Town of Markham

 

8100 Warden Avenue

(former Markham Hydro building)

Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City of Vaughan

Vellore Village Community Centre

1 Villa Royale Avenue

Monday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Town of Richmond Hill

 

Rouge Woods Community Centre

110 Shirley Drive

Monday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Town of Newmarket

Ray Twinney

Recreation Complex

100 Eagle Street

Monday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Town of Georgina

 

Kin Community Hall

3 Fairpark Lane, Sutton

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only

2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 
For updated information on this year’s flu season, please visit www.york.ca/H1N1 or contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
 
Clinic dates and locations may be subject to change.  Before going to a clinic, residents are encouraged to confirm clinic locations, dates and times on the website www.york.ca/H1N1 or by calling York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
 
Map locations and driving directions for each of the five immunization clinics are available by clicking here.
 

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Media Contacts: Michelle Dudzik, Corporate Communications, York Region
                        Phone: 905 830-4444, ext. 1207 or Cell: 905 716-0994
                        Email: michelle.dudzik@york.ca
 
Patrick Casey, Director, Corporate Communications, York Region
                     Phone: 905 830-4444, ext. 1235 or Cell: 905 715-8211
                     Email: patrick.casey@york.ca

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