October 28, 2010

York Region begins annual seasonal influenza campaign

Influenza vaccine available to all York Region residents over the age of six months


NEWMARKET – The flu season is almost here and the flu vaccine is again available free of charge to all Ontario residents over the age of six months.  The Regional Municipality of York encourages residents to get their flu shot as early as they can.


This year’s seasonal influenza will provide protection against the main circulating flu viruses in our community, including the H1N1 strain.


The 2010/2011 York Region campaign will officially kick off at the York Region Administrative Centre on Monday, November 1.


Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health, will receive his annual flu vaccination and be available for media interviews.


WHEN: Monday, November 1

                        Media interviews/photo opportunity at 1 p.m.

                        (Community flu clinic: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)


WHERE:           York Region Administrative Centre, Great Hall

                        17250 Yonge Street

                        Town of Newmarket


WHO:               Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health

                        York Region Community and Health Services staff


York Region Community and Health Services is conducting 25 community flu clinics this season where residents can receive their free seasonal flu vaccination.  For a complete listing of flu clinics in your community, please visit www.york.ca/flu or contact York Region Health Connection at

1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933.


For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca


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Media Contact:           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
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