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School-aged children to receive H1N1 vaccine

Sun Country Health Region will begin providing H1N1 influenza vaccinations for school-age children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 starting on Monday, Nov. 9 through to Saturday, Nov. 14th.

These school-aged children will be immunized in addition to groups previously identified in the last two weeks, which include: health care workers, children aged 6 months up to 5 years, pregnant women, and women up to four weeks post partum.

“Sun Country Health Region follows the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health directives and guidelines for allocation of the H1N1 vaccine,” says Janice Giroux, Vice President of Community Health for Sun Country Health Region (SCHR).

“The H1N1 vaccination is available for the priority groups as defined by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health,” she says.

Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer of Sun Country Health Region says the purpose of the H1N1 immunization for the school children is to help lesson the impact of influenza on students, their families, friends and communities.

“Immunization is one of the most effective ways to reduce the impact of the disease,” she says.

Hand hygiene, cough etiquette and staying home when you are ill with influenza-like illness are also important, she says.

School Divisions will be sending letters from the Health Region home with the students. An H1N1 vaccine information sheet also will be included with the letter.

Dr. Hudson says children who have had lab-confirmed cases of H1N1 are expected to have immunity and do not require immunization.

“However, there are no adverse effects if someone with prior lab-confirmed H1N1 infection receives the vaccine. The child’s doctor may recommend that an immunocompromised child with lab-confirmed H1N1 receive the vaccine,” she says.

Dr. Hudson advises that if your child is experiencing influenza-like-illness (cough, sore throat, fever), at the time of the local clinic for H1N1 immunization, they should not attend that clinic until they are feeling well and they have stopped coughing.

Clinics will be held in several locations throughout Sun Country Health Region and are listed below.

A completed H1N1 consent form is required for each person to be vaccinated.

Those forms are available for printing from the Sun Country Health Region website at  under H1N1 Update. They are also available at each clinic.

If the clinic locations, dates and times (identified below) are not convenient to parents, parents should be aware that other clinics will be conducted over the next few weeks. Parents are welcome to take their children to any clinic in Sun Country Health Region.

Other clinic tips:

  1. Bring your Saskatchewan Health Card.
  2. Print and complete the H1N1 consent form to use fast track registration.
  3. Wear a short-sleeved shirt.
  4. Be prepared for a short waiting period of about 15 minutes.
  5. If you have a fever, wait to be immunized until the fever is gone and your health is improving
  6. Prepare and support your child to understand that the immunization is to help prevent illness

Sun Country Health Region encourages all residents to be immunized against the H1N1 influenza virus over the coming month as clinics for other priority groups and the general public are offered.

Dr. Hudson asks that people contact their local Public Health office or HealthLine at 1-877-800-0002 with questions about influenza.

Parents can do several things in advance of the clinic, she says, including:

  1. Read over the vaccine information sheet (a copy was sent home from the school with a letter).
  2. Review the vaccine consent form on the internet at 
    These forms also will be available at the clinics.
  3. Call HealthLine at 1-877-800-0002 for H1N1 immunization clinic information or health advice.
  4. Check the Sun Country Health Region website regularly for updates on clinic locations, dates and times at 
  5. Or listen to radio stations AM 1190 in Weyburn and CJ1280 in Estevan on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:15 a.m. for clinic times and locations.

Media: For more information, please call Joanne Helmer, Communications Coordinator, Sun Country Health Region at 842-8353. News Release November 5.

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