Nov. 18, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New dosing recommendations issued by the chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick mean that most children three to nine years old do not need to return to an H1N1 immunization clinic for a second dose.
Dr. Eilish Cleary is continuing to recommend a second dose for children six months to 35 months old inclusive and for children three-to-nine years old who have one of the following chronic diseases:
A minimum of 21 days is required between vaccines to ensure the immune system has had a chance to respond. Some children will be approaching that minimum interval soon, and second doses for children will be a priority at clinics once all children have received the vaccine.
When all children have had a first dose, parents of children listed in groups above will be asked to bring their children in for a second dose.
Parents unable to attend a clinic right on the 21-day mark should be reassured that:
Clinics for the remaining priority groups and for the public will be opening as soon as possible, and they will be continuing through November and December. Each New Brunswick resident wishing to receive the vaccine will have the opportunity to do so.
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. Print 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.
The next report will be issued on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009.
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.