Interior Health has announced vaccination clinics for H1N1 are getting underway this week, providing free H1N1 vaccinations to those at highest risk, as well as the seasonal flu shots to those 65 years and older and those at risk of health complications from the flu.
How to Find Clinics:
Clinic dates, times and locations will be updated every Wednesday (for the following week) at: http://www.interiorhealth.ca/2009FluClinics.aspx.
You can also find the clinic information by going to the Interior Health homepage (www.interiorhealth.ca) and clicking on the “H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Clinics” button.
In keeping with provincial recommendations, the following priority groups will receive their H1N1 vaccinations first:
- Pregnant women in the second half of pregnancy
- Persons under age 65 with chronic conditions
- Children 6 months – 59 months of age (less than 5 years old)
- Household contacts and care providers of infants less than 6 months of age
- Household contacts and care providers of persons who are immunocompromised
- Persons residing in rural and remote communities, including all Aboriginal populations
- Healthcare workers involved in responding to pandemic influenza
Both H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccines are also available from many physician offices, and in the coming weeks from some pharmacies.