Opening day no-shows give Carleton students extra chance at H1N1 vaccination

December 1, 2009

By Mark Brownlee

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Patty Allen mixes the H1N1 vaccine with the adjuvant at Tuesday's clinic in Fenn Lounge on the Carleton campus. Photo: Mark Brownlee

 

Students, staff and faculty at Carleton University unexpectedly received the H1N1 vaccine from the school’s health services Tuesday morning after about 30 people failed to show up for their appointments on Monday. The clinics, which opened Monday afternoon, have enough of the vaccine for about 125 people a day until they close on Thursday.

The number of no-shows meant that people visiting the health and counselling services clinic on the Carleton campus for regular appointments were given the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

“If they want them, we give it to them,” said Maureen Murdock, director of health and counselling services at Carleton.

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Ottawa hits H1N1 vaccination target

December 1, 2009


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H1N1 vaccination clinic. Photo: Britt Harvey.

Ottawa Public Health announced today that it has reached its initial target of vaccinating more than 40 per cent of the city’s population.

In an interview earlier this week Dr. Earl Brown, a University of Ottawa virologist, said that the second wave of H1N1 appears to be cresting, but it’s hard to know for sure if we have seen the last of a serious outbreak for the time being.

“We have seen a staggering of outbreak – the more people that we have vaccinated the more that the virus will hit brick walls,” he said. “The more people that we make immune the harder it will get for there to be an epidemic.”

Vaccinations continue at designated sites throughout the city, and a temporary clinic at Carleton University opened this Monday to offer vaccinations exclusively to Carleton students, faculty and staff.



Flu vaccinations: How many do you need?

November 24, 2009

By Britt Harvey

Juliana Pari administers the H1N1 vaccine to a patient. Photo: Kim Mackrael

As he waited outside Tom Brown arena for his H1N1 vaccine, Lloyd Greene smoked a cigarette and stomped his feet impatiently.

“I just hate waiting,” he said. “I’m an impatient man.”

The 68-year-old thought that his H1N1 vaccine would be enough to keep him in good health all winter long. But Greene may need to wait in line for a second flu shot this year.

Dr. Earl Brown, a University of Ottawa virologist, stressed that since the H1N1 vaccination does not guard against the seasonal flu, Ottawans should be prepared to get both shots.

“The H1N1 vaccine does not give you much protection against the seasonal flu. It is not something that you should count on,” he said. “The H1N1 high risk groups are the young, with the seasonal flu it is the 65 and over that are in more danger of dying.” Read the rest of this entry »