Clinics, pharmacies offering vaccinations

Medical clinics and pharmacies are now offering to give H1N1 flu shots in an effort to increase opportunities for Central Albertans to get the vaccine.

Medical clinics and pharmacies are now offering to give H1N1 flu shots in an effort to increase opportunities for Central Albertans to get the vaccine.

A number of flu shot clinics are cropping up at various places, including Save-On-Foods and Costco pharmacies.

Jennifer Currie, executive director of public health for the Central Zone of Alberta Health Services, said they are engaging new partners and that includes pharmacies.

Pharmacies have been supplied with the vaccines. It’s anticipated that adults will be the main clients.

“We won’t see a lot of immunization of children happening in pharmacies,” Currie said.

She said this is due primarily due to reporting requirements, which is more complicated involving children. Doctors offices have also been provided with the vaccine.

“Not every pharmacy and doctor is offering the vaccine,” Currie added.

“We sent out the invitation and those that said they wanted the vaccine have it now.”

Vaccines will continue to be on hand at a number of public health offices throughout Central Alberta. Residents should call first to find out if they can access the H1N1 shot, since again, the offices were invited to participate.

“The situation is evolving so a lot of things can change in a very short period of time,” Currie said.

Fewer mass clinics are being held as demand has dropped off. Alberta Health Services will hold one on Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westerner Park, Salon A and B.

All Albertans over six months of age are eligible to receive the vaccine and all individuals in high-risk categories are also eligible to receive the seasonal influenza vaccine.

The vaccine is free.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

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