December 9, 2009
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York H1N1 to close community flu vaccination clinics at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 13th

Flu H1N1 vaccine will continue to be available from participating family doctors
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will close all five of our H1N1 immunization clinics as of 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 13th.
 
Clinics in the Town of Markham, Town of Newmarket, Town of Richmond Hill and City of Vaughan will be open as usual for the remainder of the week and this weekend.  The H1N1 community flu immunization clinic operating in the Town of Georgina will close as of 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, December 9th.
 
“Since we first opened our H1N1 flu shot clinics six weeks ago, we have immunized thousands of York Region residents,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health.  “Lower traffic at these clinics now means that we can look to carry out this vaccination program through participating family doctors and workplaces so that anyone who hasn’t had the shot can still do so.”
 
H1N1 flu vaccines will continue to be available from participating family doctors, and may be available through some workplace programs in upcoming weeks.  Some local physicians will also provide the H1N1 flu vaccine to residents who are not their regular patients.
 
A list of these physicians will be posted at www.york.ca/H1N1 on Monday, December 14th.
 
The seasonal flu vaccine is not offered at York Region community H1N1 flu shot clinics.  Residents are encouraged to contact their family doctor about the seasonal flu vaccine.
 
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.
 
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.

 

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.  
 
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: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
                        Phone: 905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or Cell: 905 716-9753
                        Email: Jennifer.mitchellemmerson@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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