Health

H1N1 priority groups changed (09/10/31)

NB 1715

Oct. 31, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick advised on Friday afternoon, Oct. 30, that the priority groups for H1N1 vaccination clinics are now restricted to the following:

This restriction is in place to ensure that the highest priority groups are vaccinated soonest.

Those with chronic diseases should not go to the clinics that are currently advertised. There will be targeted approaches in the coming weeks to reach those with chronic medical conditions. The Department of Health is working with provincial chronic-disease specialists to develop opportunities for these groups.

Individuals who are not members of a priority group should wait until clinics for other priority groups and the general public open later in November. Clinics being held in health-care facilities are for front-line health-care workers, front-line health-care volunteers, and front-line health-care students only, and not for the general public. It is very important that everyone work together to protect those most vulnerable.

Complete clinic listings may be found at www.gnb.ca/flu, or by calling 1-800-580-0038. Clinic listings are being updated continually. Wait times on the 1-800 line are being improved. More clinics will be added as more vaccine is received from the federal supplier. Clinics will run from now until Christmas. If those wishing to receive the vaccine do not see a clinic listing at a convenient date, time or location for their priority group, they should check again in a few days.

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MEDIA CONTACT: flumedia@gnb.ca; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 Pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.

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