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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Overwhelming Flu Clinic Response Prompts Additional Health Unit Scheduling!

Citizens Seeking Flu Protection Turned Away!

News Release:Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health
Due to an overwhelming response to the season’s first flu immunization clinic, the local Health Unit has added another flu clinic date to the schedule. Although line ups varied at the Omemee Medical Centre, during Bobcaygeon's immunization clinic, nurses from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit had to ask people to stop lining up for their flu shot when it became apparent they would not be able to immunize everyone before the end of the clinic hours.

'While we were extremely pleased by the exceptional turnouts at our clinic, we did have to stop people from lining up and ask that they attend another clinic,' apologized Linda McCarey, Assistant Director of the
Communicable Disease Control for the HKPR District Health Unit.Linda added, 'We are truly sorry for this, and want to apologize to those residents who came out to the clinic and were turned away. We know how frustrating that is, and we hope that this will not discourage them from coming to another clinic to be immunized.'
McCarey explained nurses at the Bobcaygeon clinic were moving people through as quickly as possible, but when looking at the lines, they realized that there were more people in the line than the nurses would be able to immunize before the end of the clinic.

Additional Flu Clinic Times

Due to the overwhelming demand, the Health Unit has added another clinic date  – Saturday, December 3 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Health Unit’s Lindsay office on Angeline Street. There is also a clinic scheduled in Lindsay for November 9 from 3 to 7 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Angeline Street. A third clinic in Bobcaygeon may also be arranged as well,and once confirmed,details will be announced. In the event of large crowds at future clinics, McCarey says that nurses will advise people on their arrival if they cannot be immunized before the closing time of the clinic.
'We will do our best to provide additional opportunities for vaccination and we sincerely hope that people will either come to another clinic or visit their family health care provider to be immunized,' McCarey says.
For more information about future clinics, visit www.hkpr.on.ca or call the Health Unit’s office toll-free at 1-866-888-4577

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