Swine flu shots start Nov. 10

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by Mark Burgess on October 29, 2009

Flu vaccines are arriving in the Gatineau Hills and the general population will be able to start receiving shots on Nov. 24, with health workers starting as early as this week.

Pregnant women, children from six months to five years of age, people with chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes, and people living with children under six months or with immune system deficiencies will be eligible for priority vaccinations beginning Nov. 10. This priority group can receive the A (H1N1) shot at the Masham arena from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-12, and at the Val-des-Monts arena at the same times from Nov. 17-19.

Vaccinations for the general population will begin Nov. 24. Masham and Val-des-Monts will alternate as hosts of the vaccination clinics, which will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

CSSS des Collines spokesperson Camille Spain said the CLSC in Chelsea will be closed for the duration of the vaccination period, which runs until mid-January, as extra staff is required at the sites. The centres will need 20-25 volunteers every day to function, with people filling roles directing traffic in the parking lots and registering patients.

Spain said 1,300 people will be able to receive the vaccine each day in Masham, and 990 in Val-des-Monts. For now, she said, health care workers will decide whether or not they want to receive the vaccine, a policy that will only be reviewed in the event of a severe pandemic.

The vaccination clinic in Masham will be located in the Salle Desjardins at the sporting complex at 20 Raphael Rd. In Val-des-Monts, shots will be delivered in the Salle J.A. Perkins at 17 Manoir Rd.