November 17, 2009

York Region begins offering H1N1 flu vaccine to all residents

 

Beginning Wednesday, November 18th, The Regional Municipality of York will begin immunizing all residents over the age of six months who want and need protection

 

NEWMARKET –The Regional Municipality of York has expanded the eligibility for the H1N1 flu vaccine.  Effective Wednesday, November 18th, the H1N1 flu vaccine will be available to all York Region residents (over the age of six months) who need and want protection from the H1N1 flu virus.

 

“In response to the needs of our community, starting tomorrow, we will begin immunizing anyone who wants and needs an H1N1 flu vaccination,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health.  “We have started to receive a steady supply of vaccine from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and I am confident we will be able to meet the public demand for immunization against the H1N1 flu virus.”

 

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 community H1N1 immunization clinics are also offering unadjuvanted vaccine to pregnant women only.  Both adjuvanted and unadjuvanted H1N1 flu vaccines may also be available from participating family doctors.  Communication will be forwarded to participating physicians regarding the expanded eligibility, providing residents another opportunity to receive their vaccination. 

 

Most York Region community H1N1 flu shot clinics operate seven days a week and are scheduled to run until Friday, December 18th.

 

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.

 

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.  

 

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 After-hours 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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