H1N1 vaccines available for some high risk groups

Everyone is encouraged to wash hands frequently to prevent the spread of illness.

Everyone is encouraged to wash hands frequently as it is the best way to reduce the spread of infection.

Everyday, updates on the H1N1 virus make the headlines. After much talk and waiting, the H1N1 vaccine is here.

H1N1 vaccines are now available for some high risk groups:

-Children 19 and under with chronic medical conditions for which they receive regular medical attention, including morbid obesity.
-Women who have just given birth, and their partners.
-Women up to four weeks postpartum, and their partners.
-Pregnant women.
-Children aged six months to under five years old.
-People living on First Nations communities.
-Health care workers involved with the pandemic response or the delivery of essential health services.

The H1N1 vaccine will be available through community clinics, some doctor offices and workplace clinics.

“I have every confidence that the H1N1 vaccine is safe and effective for Nova Scotians,” said Dr. Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer. “I urge all Nova Scotians to get the H1N1 vaccine. It is the best way to protect yourself and your community.”

Along with immunization, people are reminded to take the following steps to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus and any other illness:

-Wash hands often with soap and water. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a good alternative.
-Cough and sneeze into sleeve.
-Dispose of tissue appropriately and wash hands.
-Limit touching eyes, nose and mouth.
-Do not share water bottles, cosmetics, eating utensils, or anything that comes in contact with your mouth or face.

For more information and the latest updates visit www.gov.ns.ca and www.cdha.nshealth.ca.

Author Reading – Paul Butler

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