Flu shot clin­ics set to be­gin Oct. 21

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Clin­ics in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion will be­gin ad­min­is­ter­ing flu shots to those con­sid­ered “high-risk” on Oct. 21.

In a re­lease is­sued on Oct. 11, East­ern Health said it will be­gin the dis­pens­ing of the in­fluenza vac­cine to com­mu­nity health of­fices and some com­mu­nity cen­tres. For high-risk in­di­vid­u­als, there will be no cost.

“Re­ceiv­ing the flu shot, com­bined with good hand hy­giene prac­tices, is the most ef­fec­tive way to help pro­tect your­self from in­fluenza viruses,” said Dr. David Al­li­son, med­i­cal health of­fi­cer for East­ern Health.

The sea­sonal flu im­mu­niza­tion clin­ics tar­get the groups who are at a high-risk of con­tract­ing the virus. Those who do not fall into the high-risk cat­e­gory are ad­vised to ac­cess the flu shot through their fam­ily physi­cians.

Those in the high-risk group in­clude:

• per­sons of any age with chronic con­di­tions that re­quire reg­u­lar med­i­cal or hos­pi­tal care;

• per­sons in res­i­den­tial car, nurs­ing homes and other chronic care fa­cil­i­ties; • per­sons age 60-and-over; • phil­dren age six months four years, 11 months;

• preg­nant women who will de­liver dur­ing the in­fluenza sea­son;

• per­sons who are obese;

• health care work­ers, in­clud­ing those in the com­mu­nity or chronic care fa­cil­i­ties;

• es­sen­tial ser­vice work­ers, such as, but are not lim­ited to po­lice, am­bu­lance per­son­nel and fire­fight­ers;

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mor­bidly • abo­rig­i­nal peo­ples; • house­hold con­tacts of peo­ple at high-risk of in­fluenza com­pli­ca­tions; and • poul­try and swine work­ers. “East­ern Health be­lieves that pop­u­la­tion-based ini­tia­tives are a pow­er­ful means of pre­vent­ing ill­ness and keep­ing the peo­ple we serve health,” said Alice Kennedy, the vice-pres­i­dent re­spon­si­ble for pub­lic health. “Pro­vid­ing th­ese high-risk groups with easy ac­cess to the in­fluenza vac­cine is one way we can be proac­tive and limit the spread of ill­ness in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Res­i­dents in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion who fall into the high-risk cat­e­gories will find clin­ics at the fol­low­ing:

• Whit­bourne — East­ern Health’s com­mu­nity health of­fice on Nov. 4 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Nov. 25 (Noon – 7 p.m.);

• Heart’s De­light — East­ern Health’s com­mu­nity health of­fice, Mon­day to Fri­day (Note: not a walk-in clinic, call for an ap­point­ment);

• Har­bour Grace — Knights of Colum­bus (Car­bon­ear) on Oct. 24 (Noon – 6 p.m.) and Nov. 25 (Noon – 6 p.m.)

• Bay Roberts — Lion’s Club on Oct. 29 (1 p.m. – 8 p.m.) and Nov. 8 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.); and

• Old Per­li­can — East­ern Health’s com­mu­nity health of­fice, Mon­day to Fri­day (Note: not a walk-in clinic, call for an ap­point­ment).

The pub­lic is re­minded to bring their New­found­land and Labrador Med­i­cal Care Plan (MCP) card when vis­it­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing clin­ics.

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