Nov. 13, 2009
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following H1N1 virus update was released today by the Department of Health. The most up-to-date list of H1N1 immunization clinics may be found at www.gnb.ca/flu, or by calling 1-800-580-0038. Hard-copy media are asked not to print clinic lists, since clinic information is subject to change. Local radio stations are strongly encouraged to share clinic listings for their listeners directly from www.gnb.ca/flu.
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Starting the week of Sunday, Nov. 15, immunization clinics will begin to concentrate on all adults under 65 who have chronic conditions. Children with chronic conditions are already being vaccinated through school-based clinics.
Due to the current and temporary shortfall in vaccine supply, those chronic conditions which are causing the highest risk of severe outcomes from the H1N1 virus will be targeted first. Others will follow over the next few weeks, and as quickly as vaccine supply allows.
The emphasis for next week will be on adults under 65 with chronic respiratory diseases such as:
Also included in this category are adults under 65 with compromised respiratory function due to a physical, neurological or muscular disorder such as:
Adults under 65 with these chronic diseases and conditions are encouraged to check the flu web pages at www.gnb.ca/flu for clinic listings beginning Sunday, Nov. 15.
Immunizing nurses reserve the right to require evidence of active treatment of the disease or condition, such as a prescription, labelled medication, insurance forms, etc.
New Brunswick, like all Canadian jurisdictions, is dependent on vaccine supply from the federal manufacturer. Clinics that have been marked as postponed on the clinic listings will be rescheduled as vaccine shipments arrive.
Front-line health-care staff at clinics may also need to make on-site decisions about clinic closures, based on vaccine availability.
Clinics for the remaining priority groups and for the general public will be opening as soon as possible, and will be continuing through November and December. Each and every resident of New Brunswick wishing to receive the vaccine will have the opportunity to do so.
The next report will be issued on Friday afternoon, Nov. 13.
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.