Public Health Adds Extra Flu Shot Clinic for Families with Young Children

Written by admin, January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014 – Community Encouraged to Book Appointments for Clinic this Saturday, January 11

To accommodate community flu shot demand, Peterborough Public Health has added an extra flu clinic for families with children five years and under this Saturday, January 11 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at 185 King Street, Peterborough.

Residents with young children can book an appointment for all family members by calling 705-743-1000, ext. 349.  Spaces are also still available for Public Health’s flu clinic taking place on Saturday, January 18, 2014 as well.  The flu shot and parking are both free at these clinics.

“With the H1N1 strain predominantly circulating in the community, we want to make sure our youngest are protected since this strain is known to cause more illness in younger individuals, compared to older adults,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health.  “Pharmacies continue to offer the flu shot to anyone over the age of five, and people can also get it from their family healthcare provider.”

As of January 6, there have been 12 local lab-confirmed cases of influenza, and 11 of these are caused by the H1N1 strain.  There have been no local deaths reported to date, however two of the cases were hospitalized.  So far, Public Health had distributed 46,420 doses of flu vaccine to pharmacies, family healthcare providers, and other community health partners, representing 34% of our local population.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391