Thousands Receive Flu Vaccine at Season’s First Vaccine Clinics

Public Service Announcement

For immediate release:
October 30, 2012

Ottawa – Over 3,000 Ottawa residents received the flu vaccine at Ottawa Public Health’s (OPH) first two clinics. OPH would like to remind residents that all vaccine providers in Ottawa have been notified of Health Canada’s (HC) recent suspension of Novartis flu vaccine products and that arrangements have been made to ensure all health care providers have ample supply of alternate vaccine to meet demand.

The influenza vaccine is safe and effective and there is a vaccine available for everyone who would like to receive one. HC’s recent precautionary suspension of Novartis flu vaccines has not affected OPH’s community clinic schedule. Common “Questions and Answers” and a complete list of upcoming flu clinics can be found at ottawa.ca/flu.

Here are the upcoming OPH flu vaccine clinics:

Wednesday, October 31
Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre
2300 Community Way, North Gower
3:30pm to 8:30pm

Thursday, November 1
Confederation High School
1645 Woodroffe Avenue, Nepean
3:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday, November 3
Canterbury High School
900 Canterbury Avenue, Ottawa
8:30am to 3:30pm

Monday, November 5
Sacred Heart Catholic High School
5870 Abbott Street East, Stittsville
3:30pm to 8:30pm

Tuesday, November 6
West Carleton Community Complex
5670 Carp Road, Kinburn

3:30pm to 8:30pm

The flu spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing or touching contaminated objects. Even if you do not have flu-like symptoms, you can still spread the virus to others. Protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick this flu season by getting the flu vaccine. It is safe and easy.

The flu vaccine is recommended for all residents over six months of age.

For more information and full clinic listings visit ottawa.ca/flu , watch for daily updates on Twitter (@ottawahealth) and Facebook, or call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744 (TTY:613-580-9656).

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