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  • #16
    Re: Manitoba - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

    Long lines frustrate people seeking flu shots in Manitoba

    Last Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009 | 4:57 PM CT

    CBC News


    A health-care worker fills a syringe with H1N1 flu vaccine. (John Woods/Canadian Press)

    Hundreds of people stood in line for a swine flu vaccination shot at clinics in Winnipeg and Brandon on Saturday as strong demand continued for the preventative measure.

    In Brandon, the regional health authority ran a clinic at the Town Centre shopping mall. The lineup was so long at one point Saturday morning that it stretched all the way through the shopping centre and out the door.

    Officials said the line eased by early afternoon and they expected to give everyone a shot.

    Winnipeg, with a population of 700,000, offered only two clinics on Saturday and in both locations, vaccination supplies were exhausted well before the scheduled closing time.While many people coped in the lineups, some with reading material to pass the time, others expressed frustration.

    "I do work," Joy Mendoza told CBC News as she waited with her youngster. "So it would have been better if they had it in school, too.

    Send a nurse there and ... they could get a third of the population just going in schools."

    Mendoza was in line at a clinic at the Philippine Canadian Centre, which shut it doors at 3 p.m., an hour before it was scheduled to end. Health officials said they would only have enough supplies to provide a shot to people who were already in line.

    The same thing happened at the second clinic on the University of Manitoba campus.

    "I think it's been poorly run to this point in time," Laura Bishop told CBC News, as she stood in line waiting to get a shot for her two children. Bishop said there should have been more weekend clinics, and opened sooner.

    She also questioned the continued use of a priority list.

    "I think that everyone should have access to the shot at this point," Bishop suggested. "They've expanded the priority list, so why can't they expand it to everybody?"

    Children aged six to 18 were recently added as a category to the Winnipeg Health Region's priority list.

    The two Saturday clinics marked the first time a swine flu shot was being made available in Winnipeg on a weekend day.

    Officials said 12 sites that have been offering vaccinations on weekdays will resume on Monday, using the region's updated priority list.

    The Winnipeg Health Region reported that, as of 1 p.m. Saturday, 123,592 vaccinations had been delivered.

    The region is also now using both of the vaccines approved by Health Canada, a regular one that everyone can take and a vaccine approved for pregnant women.

    The regular Winnipeg clinics will be open Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/st...4.html?ref=rss
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    • #17
      Re: Manitoba - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

      Flu clinics open now

      By: Staff Writer
      19/11/2009 9:24 AM |

      WINNIPEG — H1N1 flu vaccine clinics are open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

      Readers who receive the vaccine today can contact the Free Press (email city.desk@freepress.mb.ca) and tell us about your experience.

      The following are clinic locations this week:

      Assiniboine South: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2255 Grant Ave.

      Downtown: Portage Place Shopping Centre.

      Fort Garry: University of Manitoba, Room 219, Multi Purpose Room, 2nd floor University Centre.

      Inkster: Philippine-Canadian Centre of Manitoba, 737 Keewatin St.

      Point Douglas: St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 515 College Ave.

      River East: Holy Eucharist Parish Centre, 460 Munroe Ave.

      River Heights: Grant Park Shopping Centre.

      St. Boniface: Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher Blvd.

      St. James: St. Paul the Apostle Parish Centre, 2400 Portage Ave.

      St. Vital: Indo-Canadian Arts and Cultural Centre, 479 St. Mary’s Road.

      Seven Oaks: Garden City Shopping Centre

      Transcona: DeFehr Furniture plant, 770 Pandora Ave. East.

      http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/bre...-70466682.html
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #18
        Re: Manitoba - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

        Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
        Vaccination clinics could soon close

        Worst of outbreak almost over, experts decide

        By: Jen Skerritt
        27/11/2009 1:00 AM

        ‘I don’t know what period we’re at in the game, but the game is definitely not over’ -- Chief medical officer Dr. Joel Kettner

        Inside Winnipeg's H1N1 war room, a round-table of flu experts decided
        Thursday it's nearly time to wind down the large-scale attack against influenza.

        It's not the worst-case scenario pandemic planners braced for after the hard hit Manitoba suffered last spring, but that's good news to everyone at the city's flu command centre -- the small office hub on Hargrave Street where big decisions about vaccination clinics and regional flu plans have been made since the end of October.

        Dr. Sande Harlos, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority officer of health, said she suspects the peak of the second wave of H1N1 has hit and that it's unlikely a flood of severe cases will surface in the coming weeks.

        The number of people on ventilators with severe illness has slowly decreased, along with the high number of children with flu symptoms visiting Children's Hospital emergency, Harlos said. As of Thursday, there were four people in intensive care with H1N1, including two people on ventilators -- two fewer people than earlier this week and a big drop from the 11 people on ventilators a few weeks ago.

        Health experts agree that H1N1 will continue to infect people, but that early signs indicate the worst may be over.

        "We estimate we're at peak or possibly a little past peak and it's unlikely things are going to get worse," Harlos said.
        "We're seeing a lot of cases, but fewer of the severe cases."

        Four city flu clinics -- including St. Boniface, Point Douglas, Inkster and Transcona -- could close as early as next week, as city health officials plan to scale back staff at mass immunization clinics in the hopes of shutting them down in the coming weeks.

        Milton Sussman, chief operating officer of community health services for the WRHA, said the plan is to transfer vaccinations over to doctor's offices, and continue community outreach to those at risk of severe complications from H1N1 using things like mobile vaccination teams.

        "I suspect in a couple of days we can tell (clinic staff) more definitively to stand down," Sussman said.

        The behind-the-scenes discussions in Winnipeg's flu command centre came the same day Manitoba Health officials announced 703 additional cases of H1N1 were reported between Nov. 16 and 23, bringing the cumulative total to 1,246.

        Chief medical officer Dr. Joel Kettner said that's evidence the virus is still circulating across the province and that all Manitobans who haven't been vaccinated should get the shot to protect against H1N1.

        "I don't know what period we're at in the game, but the game is definitely not over," Kettner said, referring to where the second wave of H1N1 is at.
        Kettner said it's possible that H1N1 will continue to circulate all winter, noting flu patterns are difficult to predict.

        Back at the flu command centre, Winnipeg officials will try to figure out their next step.

        Harlos thinks the severity of the second wave wasn't as bad as the first because it hit around the same time vaccine became available and people were able to build up more immunity. Last spring, Harlos said it took an average of six days from the time when someone had symptoms of H1N1 to the time they received Tamiflu.

        This time, Harlos said much more Tamiflu was administered to lessen symptoms and speed up recovery.

        Harlos said pandemic plans can be ramped up again if the number of severe cases intensifies or a third wave surfaces.

        She and other officials say it's important people who haven't been vaccinated don't procrastinate and get the shot as soon as possible, since even mild forms of H1N1 cause a nasty flu.

        "We will expect to see ongoing transmission (of flu)," Harlos said.
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        Clinics' tally

        THE Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has vaccinated 197,015 people, including more than 8,000 on Thursday.

        Video Link:

        http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/loc...-75722497.html
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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        • #19
          Re: Manitoba - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

          4 H1N1 clinics closing in Winnipeg

          Last Updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 | 2:46 PM CT

          CBC News


          There seem to be no more lineups at Winnipeg's H1N1 clinics, prompting officials to announce they will close four of the 12 vaccination clinics starting Monday. (CBC)

          Four of Winnipeg's swine flu vaccination clinics are being shut down as of Nov. 30.

          The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has operated 12 clinics in the city since the mass immunization campaign started on Oct. 26. But the number of people showing up at the clinics has dropped significantly since then.

          Whereas 13,000 to 16,000 people were being vaccinated daily during the peak of the campaign, just 1,479 got the flu shot on Friday as of mid-day.

          The shot targets the H1N1 influenza A virus that causes swine flu.

          The total number of people vaccinated in the city since the start of the campaign is now 199,520.

          Provincewide, more than 320,000 Manitobans have been vaccinated.


          Starting Monday, the WRHA will be holding vaccination clinics only at the following eight locations:
          • St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2255 Grant Ave.
          • Portage Place Shopping Centre, 393 Portage Ave.
          • U of M, Fort Garry Campus, Rm 210, 2nd floor University Centre.
          • Holy Eucharist Parish Centre, 460 Munroe Ave.
          • Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave.
          • St. Paul the Apostle Parish Centre, 2400 Portage Ave.
          • Indo-Canadian Arts & Cultural Centre, 479 St. Mary's Rd.
          • Garden City Shopping Centre, 2305 McPhillips St.
          The following clinics will be shut as of Monday:
          • St. Joseph's Parish Hall, 515 College Ave. (Point Douglas ).
          • Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher Blvd. (St. Boniface).
          • DeFehr Logistics Building, 770 Pandora Ave. East (Transcona).
          • Fred Douglas Lodge, 1275 Burrows Ave. (Inkster).
          These three city clinics will also be open on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
          • Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave.
          • The Indo Canadian Arts and Cultural Centre, 479 St. Mary's Rd.
          • Garden City Shopping Centre, 2305 McPhillips St.
          Locations of H1N1 clinics outside the city are listed on Manitoba Health's H1N1 website.

          http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/st...-winnipeg.html
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela

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          • #20
            Re: Manitoba - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

            <CITE>By CBC News, cbc.ca, </CITE>Updated: December 1, 2009 3:36 PM

            Winnipeg closing four more H1N1 clinics



            Four more of Winnipeg's swine flu vaccination clinics are being shut down as of next Monday, leaving just four of the original 12 still operating.

            Provincial health officials also announced Tuesday that the H1N1 vaccine is now being delivered to doctors' offices across Manitoba where patients can get inoculated.

            "Getting a flu shot in a doctor's office is a familiar process for many people, and now that we have enough vaccine we're offering this option to physicians and Manitobans," Health Minister Theresa Oswald said.

            "We're putting our plan in place and have asked doctors who want to offer the vaccine to place their order. We have already begun repackaging and distributing our most recent vaccine shipment to these clinics."

            Manitobans should contact their physician or regional health authority to get up-to-date information on where the flu shot is available, Oswald added.

            One-third of Manitobans vaccinated

            As of Sunday, more than 357,000 Manitobans had been vaccinated for H1N1, according to provincial health officials. Winnipeg's clinics tallied 215,731 shots as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.

            The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has operated 12 clinics since the mass immunization campaign started Oct. 26. But the number of people showing up at the clinics has dropped significantly.

            Whereas 13,000 to 16,000 people were being vaccinated daily during the peak of the campaign, just 881 got the shot Tuesday by midday.
            Dr. Joel Kettner, Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer, said Tuesday it is vital for people who have not yet received the shot to get it as soon as possible.

            'Too early to get complacent'

            "It is too early to get complacent … because we don't yet know what will happen when the weather gets colder and more people travel in and out of Manitoba," he said.

            The schedule for the WRHA clinics is as follows:

            - St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (2255 Grant Ave.). Final week.

            - Portage Place Shopping Centre (393 Portage Ave.). Final week.

            - U of M, Fort Garry Campus (Room 210, 2nd floor University Centre). Final week.

            - Holy Eucharist Parish Centre (460 Munroe Ave.). Final week.

            - Grant Park Shopping Centre (1120 Grant Ave.). Open next week.

            - Indo-Canadian Arts & Cultural Centre (479 St. Mary's Road). Open next week.

            - Garden City Shopping Centre (2305 McPhillips St.). Open next week.

            - St. Paul the Apostle Parish Centre (2400 Portage Ave.). Open next week.

            The clinics at Grant Park, the Indo-Canadian Arts & Cultural Centre and the Garden City Shopping Centre will be open Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

            Vaccination clinics outside the city are listed on Manitoba Health's H1N1 website, accessible by clicking the link at the top right of this page.

            External Links
            Manitoba Health: H1N1


            http://news.ca.msn.com/local/manitob...entid=22772080
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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            • #21
              Re: Manitoba - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

              Last week for H1N1 vaccine clinics...


              CJOB News Team reporting
              12/7/2009

              This week will be the last for Winnipeg's mass H1N1 immunization clinics...

              Four clinics will be open this week, including Grant Park and Garden City Shopping Centres, the Indo-Canadian Arts and Cultural Centre at 479 St.Mary's Road, and the St. Paul the Apostle Parish Centre on 2400 Portage Avenue.

              Take note that the St. Paul the Apostle Parish Centre which will be closed today.

              Clinic hours are Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 pm., and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

              The clinics will close Friday; the vaccine will then be available at selected doctor's offices and clinics.

              http://www.cjob.com/News/Local/Story.aspx?id=1172606
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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              • #22
                Re: Manitoba - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

                Final day for Winnipeg H1N1 clinics

                Last Updated: Friday, December 11, 2009 | 9:33 AM

                Friday is the final day that mass swine flu vaccination clinics will be open in Winnipeg.

                The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority opened 12 clinics when the immunization campaign against the H1N1 influenza A virus that causes swine flu started Oct. 26.

                But the number of people showing up at the clinics has dropped significantly in recent weeks. Whereas 13,000 to 16,000 people were being vaccinated daily during the peak of the campaign, just 367 got the shot by midday on Thursday.

                The slowdown prompted the closure of four clinics at the end of November and then another four on Dec. 7. The final four will be shut down after Friday.


                Those four Winnipeg clinics, open from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., are listed below:
                • Grant Park Shopping Centre (1120 Grant Ave.).
                • Indo-Canadian Arts & Cultural Centre (479 St. Mary's Road).
                • Garden City Shopping Centre (2305 McPhillips St.).
                • St. Paul the Apostle Parish Centre (2400 Portage Ave.).
                Individuals who have not yet received their H1N1 shot, or seasonal influenza vaccine, can call and book an appointment at one of a handful of smaller community-based clinics the health authority is holding starting on Dec. 14.

                The number to call is 204-788-8004 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

                The vaccine is also available at the offices of several family doctors
                across Manitoba.

                As of Wednesday, nearly 420,000 shots had been given across the province, accounting for about 35 per cent of the provincial population, according to Manitoba health officials. Of those, about 245,000 have received the shot in Winnipeg.

                Since the second wave of H1N1 flu began on Oct. 6, Manitoba has recorded 1,697 lab-confirmed cases of swine flu.

                There have been three deaths attributed to the H1N1 virus in that time.
                Vaccination clinics outside the city are listed on Manitoba Health's H1N1 website.

                http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/st...-winnipeg.html
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela

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                • #23
                  Re: Manitoba - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

                  Manitoba may donate excess H1N1 vaccine abroad

                  Winnipeg Free Press: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 6:02 PM
                  H1N1 vaccine
                  Photo Credit: Global News, Winnipeg

                  WINNIPEG — Health officials in Manitoba are considering donating excess H1N1 vaccine to other countries and building a stockpile in case additional waves of the flu strike here.

                  Manitoba Health is not planning to reopen large-scale mass vaccination clinics, even though Calgary reopened three clinics this week to pick up any stragglers who missed getting a shot before Christmas.

                  Manitoba committed last summer to buy 1.3 million doses of vaccine, but less than 35 per cent of Manitobans were vaccinated as of mid-December.

                  The vaccine has a shelf life of 18 months. Canada ordered 50.4 million doses from manufacturer GSK and also bought 200,000 doses from Australia at a total price tag of $402.5 million.

                  The federal government is covering 60 per cent of the cost, with the provinces and territories picking up the rest.

                  Canada is on the hook to pay for all 50 million doses.

                  http://www.globalregina.com/health/M...002/story.html
                  "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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                  • #24
                    Re: Manitoba - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

                    Officials still urging Manitobans to get H1N1 shot

                    By: Staff Writer
                    14/01/2010 2:34 PM

                    WINNIPEG - Manitoba officials warned Thursday that up to half of the Manitoba population may still be at risk of getting the H1N1 flu or infecting others with the disease.

                    While more than 442,000 H1N1 shots have been given, that only represents approximately 37 per cent of Manitobans, officials said. About one-quarter of men aged 19 to 64 and pregnant women have been immunized.

                    Although the rate of hospitalizations has slowed, the virus is still circulating and continues to make Manitobans sick, officials said, adding that more cases are expected and it’s possible there will be a third wave of the H1N1 flu virus.

                    Since Christmas, the Cadham Provincial Laboratory has reported 27 positive H1N1 tests to Manitoba Health, including six new cases over the last week.

                    Since the second wave of H1N1 flu began Oct. 6, the lab has reported a total of 1,773 positive H1N1 tests. There has been four deaths connected to the virus since Oct. 6.

                    Health authorities are now offering flu clinics in larger workplaces, including Crown corporations and private businesses, for employees and their families.

                    The H1N1 flu shot is also available in regional clinics, public health offices and through many doctors’ offices. As of Thursday morning, a total of 172 doctors’ offices have ordered more than 32,000 doses of the vaccine.

                    Manitobans can call their regional health authority or physician to find out where the shot is available.

                    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/loc...-81552127.html
                    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                    -Nelson Mandela

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                    • #25
                      Re: Manitoba - Novel H1N1 Vaccine Availability

                      September 22, 2010

                      FLU VACCINE UNIVERSALLY AVAILABLE THIS FLU SEASON: OSWALD

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                      Province Launches Annual Vaccine Program Encouraging Manitobans to Get the Shot, Not the Flu


                      Manitobans are encouraged to Get the Shot, Not the Flu to protect themselves and the people they care for, as part of the 2010 provincial annual influenza vaccine program, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

                      “For this year, the flu vaccine will be available at no charge to all Manitobans, not just those in high‑risk groups,” said Oswald. “An annual flu shot helps to limit the spread of the flu and immunizations are a safe, effective way to protect the health of all Manitobans and their families.”

                      The annual Get the Shot, Not the Flu campaign will soon be underway across Manitoba. This fall’s seasonal flu shot will immunize against the most common strains of influenza as determined by the World Health Organization. This year that will include the H1N1 strain. The vaccine is approved by Health Canada and will be provided at no charge by Manitoba Health for everyone for the 2010-11 season.

                      People need the flu shot every year because protection provided by the vaccine is usually for one influenza season, said the minister.

                      An annual flu shot is especially important for Manitobans at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts, Oswald said. They include:
                      · seniors aged 65 years or older,
                      · residents of personal-care homes and long-term care facilities,
                      · children aged six months to four years of age,
                      · those with chronic illness,
                      · pregnant woman,
                      · health-care workers and first responders,
                      · individuals of Aboriginal ancestry, and
                      · people who are severely overweight or obese.


                      Manitobans can be immunized at public-health clinics or by their primary health-care provider throughout the province commencing in October. More information on specific clinic dates and locations is available from local public-health offices.

                      The viruses in the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists’ estimations about which types and strains will circulate in a given year. Last year, H1N1 flu was a new, emerging strain and was declared a pandemic. This season, it is part of the regular seasonal flu immunization for Canada.

                      Influenza is more severe than a cold. Contracting influenza can result in severe complications such as pneumonia, hospitalization or even death. Every year, it’s estimated that between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians, mostly seniors, die from complications relating to the flu but not the flu itself.

                      Influenza is generally spread from person to person by sneezing, coughing and other direct physical contact. Symptoms may include fever and chills, cough, headaches, muscle aches, runny nose, sore throat and exhaustion.

                      Manitobans aged 65 and over, anyone living in a personal-care home or long-term care facility and people two to 64 years of age with specific health conditions are also eligible to get a no-cost pneumococcal shot at the same time they get their flu shot. This vaccination can prevent pneumonia, blood infection and meningitis caused by pneumococcal bacteria.

                      More information about flu shots and influenza symptoms is available at www.gov.mb.ca/health/flu/index.html.

                      http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.htm...ive=&item=9760
                      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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