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PROTECTION TO GO

- Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics for Individuals with Special Needs Set for Lindsay and Port Hope on October 19 -

    

Order your flu shot ‘to go’ this year.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is offering free ‘Drive-Thru’ Flu Vaccination Clinics in Port Hope and Lindsay on Saturday, October 19, 2013. These clinics are designed to accommodate individuals with certain medical conditions or special needs who want their flu shot, but are unable to attend a community flu shot clinic.

“If you or a loved one has special needs, then these drive-thru clinics may be the place to get your flu shot,” says Linda McCarey, Director of Communicable Disease Control with the HKPR District Health Unit. 

The Drive Thru Flu Vaccination Clinics are geared to people who: are frail with significant difficulty walking, use a wheelchair, are recovering from back or heart surgery, are recovering from a stroke or brain injury, have serious auditory/visual conditions, require a guide or companion dog, are oxygen dependent, are developmentally/mentally challenged or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Health Unit, the drive-thru clinics are designed so people do not have to leave their vehicles to get a flu shot. Vehicle drivers and caregivers can receive their flu shot at the same time.

Because the clinics are popular and space is limited, local residents are asked to make an appointment prior to October 11. The drive-thru clinics are scheduled as follows:

·         In Lindsay on Saturday, October 19, at Polito Ford Lincoln located at Kent Street and Highway 7. To book an appointment, call the Health Unit office in Lindsay at (705) 324-3569.

·         In Port Hope on Saturday, October 19, at Lakeshore Auto Body located at 149 Rose Glen Road. Make an appointment by calling the Health Unit office in Port Hope at (905) 885-9100, ext. 330.

“Local residents are reminded that flu shots are free and are the most effective way to prevent the spread of influenza this winter,” McCarey adds.

The Health Unit will also be offering regular community flu shot clinics, beginning on October 30 and continuing through November in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. For more information, call your local Health Unit office or visit www.hkpr.on.ca .

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For media inquiries, contact:                                                                                                                                       

Linda McCarey, Director, Communicable Disease Control, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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