H1N1 shots travel to elementary schools

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by Mark Burgess on December 3, 2009

H1N1 vaccination clinics in the CSSS des Collines are opening up to the entire population, adding two extra days of vaccinations to the weekly schedule and preparing to deliver the vaccine to the region’s elementary schools.

After gradually expanding the priority groups eligible to receive the vaccine over the past month, the clinic in Val des Monts began accepting the general population Dec. 1. The clinic will run Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and shots will also be available at Chelsea’s CLSC Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CSSS des Collines Director General Andre Desilets said two to three nurses would start going into elementary schools next week once a schedule has been arranged. He said not enough kids made it to the clinics with their parents over the past two weeks – when they were added to the priority group eligible for the vaccine – so health workers are now making the effort to bring the shots to schools before the Christmas holiday.

Coupons will still be available to arrange a time slot in advance, beginning onsite daily at 7 a.m.

Here are the new dates for vaccination clinics in the coming weeks:

Val des Monts

Dec. 1-4 and Dec. 14-17, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Perkins Room, 17 Du Manoir Rd. Coupons are available daily from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cantley and Val des Monts CLSCs.

Chelsea

Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chelsea CLSC, 490 Hwy 105. Coupons are available at the Chelsea CLSC from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Masham

Dec. 7 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Dec. 8-10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Masham arena, 20 Raphael St. Coupons are available from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Chelsea and Masham CLSCs and the Wakefield hospital.

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Dosage change for children

One Low Down reader inquired about the proper vaccine dosage for children aged six months to three years after her young daughter was turned away from receiving a second half dose that had previously been recommended.

CSSS Director General Andre Desilets said the dosage has changed since the vaccine’s development as further tests showed that children of that age with healthy immune systems only need one dose. He said some children with compromised immune systems would still receive a second half dose and that this was the same across the country.