Halton Region H1N1 Flu and Seasonal Flu 2010 Clinic Schedule

The H1N1 Flu pandemic created quite a stir in Halton Region and the rest of the world. Although there has been criticism of everything from the production to the administration of the vaccine, it seems to me that the Region of Halton has done a good job vaccinating those that wanted the H1N1 vaccine. I am the proud father of 1 year old identical twin boys. They were on the early list of those allowed to receive the vaccine. My family and I spent a solid hour and fourty five minutes patiently waiting for the vaccine, which can seem like an eternity with two toddlers that do not like to sit still. The volunteers at the Halton Regional Centre on Bronte Road provided water and colouring books for those in line to make it a pleasant as well as efficient experience.

It is January 7, 2010 and the Halton Region re-opens their flu immunization clinics today. Halton Region’s flu immunization clinics are offering the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine. These vaccines are being offered to those that want them over the age of 6 months. Please go to the link below in order to review the clinic schedule.

http://www.region.halton.on.ca/health/services/communicable_disease/H1N1/clinics.htm

In order to continue the smooth and efficient administration of the vaccines in Halton here is what you can do to help as an attendee:

• Wear a short-sleeved shirt
• Be prepared to present your Ontario Health Card/Driver’s License
• Be on time, the clinic doors close promptly on schedule – those inside the doors will be immunized
• Come prepared for: weather as you may be outside in line (umbrellas/blankets), your children’s needs – bring books, toys, snacks/drinks etc;

Following the immunization, the Region of Halton has a couple of suggestions on how to keep yourself and your family from getting sick:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for 15 seconds or use a 60-90% alcohol based hand sanitizer
• Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth with hands that have not been washed/sanitized
• Should you have flu-like symptoms please stay home and get better
• Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or a tissue, not your hand, and disgard tissue immediately and clean your hands
• Keep commonly touched surfaces clean and disinfected

We have all done a great and responsible job to combat the H1N1 flu virus, lets continue to do our part.

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