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H1N1 clinics expand again

Sun Country Health Region is expanding the categories of people eligible to receive H1N1 immunization.

As of today, Friday, Nov. 13, all people under the age of 65 years who are medically at risk are eligible to receive the immunization.

As of Monday, Nov. 16, school aged children from Grade 7 to Grade 12 will also be eligible to receive the immunization.

With these additions, the groups eligible for immunization include:

1. Immunocompromised individuals of any age:
Cancer chemotherapy patient
Cancer radiotherapy patient
Chronic renal failure
Hemodialysis
Leukemia
Lymphoma
Transplants (Solid organ, bone marrow, etc.)
HIV / AIDS
Other severe immunodeficiency disorders or on immunosuppressive therapy (e.g. high dose steroids, Remicaide, etc.)

 2. People aged 10 to 64 with medical risk factors that may compromise the person's ability to fight infection and avoid complications (other than immunosuppression as listed above):
Diabetes and endocrine disorders
Neurological disorders
Chronic heart diseases
Chronic lung diseases
Asthma*
Morbid obesity
Cancer patients (other than leukemia or lymphoma and not on chemotherapy)**
Non white cell haematological disorders (e.g. sickle cell disease) and other blood disorders
Kidney diseases
Liver diseases
Neurologic disorders
Others (not yet specified) other medical issues that may compromise the person's ability to fight infection and avoid complications. 
 * except if on high dose steroids (see immunosuppressed group)
** see immunosuppressed group

 3. Primary caregivers of child less than 6 months of age (two per child)

 4. Caregivers at day care involved in direct care of children in the under 6 month age group.

5. Children from Kindergarten to Grade 6,

6. Health Care Workers, 

7. Children aged 6 months up to 5 years,

8. Pregnant women,

9. Women up to four weeks post partum.

“We continue to expand the categories of individuals who are eligible for H1N1 immunization based on the priority groups and sequencing from the Ministry of Health, which is based on the vaccine supply available and on our regional planning,” says Janice Giroux, Vice President of Community Health for Sun Country Health Region.

“We want to protect those most at risk for complication from H1N1 first,” says Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for Sun Country Health Region.

Please check the Sun Country Health Region website frequently. The most up-to-date clinic information and information about the people eligible for vaccination can be found there. Go to: http://www.suncountry.sk.ca/general/187/h1n1-update.html 

Listen to radio stations AM1190 in Weyburn and CJ1280 in Estevan at 7:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for updates. Click on H1N1 Update on this page for clinic times and locations.

Media: For more information, please contact Joanne Helmer, Communications Coordinator, Sun Country Health Region, 842-8353. Released Nov. 13.

 

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