Final H1N1 flu clinics taking place this week
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.