Torontonians should have easier access to public H1N1 flu shot clinics as the city’s expanded vaccination program goes into effect Monday.
All 10 public immunization clinics will now be open seven days a week and a total of three flu assessment centres are now open in the city, with two more slated to open in the coming days.
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The province also announced changes to the vaccine program with children up to the age of 13 and adults over 65 with chronic health conditions added to the list of those who can get the shot at clinics or at their doctor’s office.
“Children have high rates of H1N1 illness. A proportion of all those who become ill, even those without underlying conditions, will suffer some severe complications,” a statement from the provincial health ministry reads. “Vaccination of this group may reduce transmission to the broader population if high enough coverage rates are achieved.”
The province says it expects to receive an additional 272,500 doses of the flu shot later this week. Meanwhile, there are reports doctors in Toronto and across the country have had to toss out about one per cent of the total amount of adjuvanted vaccine they’ve administered due to the 24-hour shelf-life.
That means about 500 doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been thrown out in Toronto.
In an effort to reduce waste, nurses at public clinics use a ticket system, which gives them an idea of how many shots they need to prepare every day.