Fi­nal H1N1 flu clin­ics tak­ing place this week

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

SYD­NEY — The fi­nal H1N1 flu clin­ics are tak­ing place in the Cape Bre­ton District Health Au­thor­ity this week.

“ We’re still of­fer­ing the H1N1 flu shot for any­one who hasn’t had it yet or for chil­dren who need a sec­ond dose,” said Mary Mus­grave, nurse man­ager with Pub­lic Health Ser­vices.

Mus­grave said once the clin­ics wrap up peo­ple can still get the H1N1 flu shot from pub­lic health or their fam­ily doc­tor by call­ing ahead to make an ap­point­ment.

As peo­ple be­gin to make plans for March break and other win­ter get­aways, she said any­one who will be trav­el­ling should go to a clinic to get the shot.

“Peo­ple who are plan­ning to travel should do ev­ery­thing they can to pro­tect them­selves and their fam­i­lies from get­ting sick.”

The H1N1 clin­ics re­sumed across the health au­thor­ity in early Jan­uary. Since then, Mus­grave said the num­ber of peo­ple com­ing to the clin­ics has been rel­a­tively low.

It’s un­like the high turnouts ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the H1N1 clin­ics in the fall when hun­dreds of peo­ple had to up­ward of five hours in line to re­ceive the flu shot.

So far, 53 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion or about 64,000 peo­ple in the district health au­thor­ity have been vac­ci­nated.

How­ever, num­bers are still trick­ling in from physi­cians offices and other clin­ics held dur­ing the height of the out­break.

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