Health

H1N1 virus update: Wednesday, Dec. 2 (09/12/02)

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Dec. 2, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The H1N1 vaccine is the safest, most effective way of protecting you and your family from the H1N1flu virus.

The clinics for the public have started across the province. Each New Brunswick resident wishing to receive the vaccine will have the opportunity to do so. With the provincial government's investment of $17.1 million, the vaccine will be free to all New Brunswickers who choose to be immunized.

Individual clinics may use techniques such as alphabetization, appointment cards or bracelets to ensure traffic flow runs smoothly. Provisions are being made for those who cannot stand for long periods if lineups are lengthy.

Clinics have adopted measures to ensure people are not waiting unnecessarily in lines. Should demand result in a line length that would not allow for everyone to be seen prior to the closing time of a clinic, front-line health-care staff at the clinics reserve the right to make on-site decisions to cut off waiting lines.

Persons receiving the vaccine are asked to remain on site for at least 15 minutes so that possible reactions may be monitored. Possible side effects after getting the vaccine include:

As is the case with any vaccine, there is an extremely small chance that a more serious reaction may occur.

If you experience a mild reaction to the pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine:

For more information, you may contact your immunization provider, the toll-free flu line at 1-800-580-0038, or visit www.gnb.ca/flu.

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. Clinic listings are updated continually. If you do not see a clinic that is convenient for you, please check back in a day or two.

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.

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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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