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DRIVEN TO GET A FLU SHOT

- Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics Being Offered in Lindsay and Port Hope on October 24 for Those With Special Needs -

For local residents with certain medical conditions and other special needs, it has never been easier to get a flu shot.

For the 14th straight year, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit will be offering free ‘Drive-Thru’ Flu Shot Clinics in Port Hope and Lindsay on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The drive-thru clinics were first offered by the Health Unit in 2001, and have proven to be very popular each year.

Local residents are encouraged to make an appointment for the drive-thru clinics prior to October 16 at 4 pm. The drive-thru clinics are scheduled as follows:

In Port Hope on Saturday, October 24, at Lakeshore Auto Body (149 Rose Glen Road). To book an appointment, call the Health Unit office in Port Hope at (905) 885-9100, ext. 1329, or toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1329.

In Lindsay on Saturday, October 24, at Polito Ford Lincoln (Kent Street and Highway 7). To book an appointment, call the Health Unit office in Lindsay at (705) 324-3569, ext. 2201, or toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2201.

“People with certain medical conditions and special needs are typically at greater risk of getting sick from influenza, which makes getting a flu shot even more important for them. However, these individuals can also face increased obstacles to receiving a flu shot at a doctor’s office, pharmacy or community clinic,” says Marianne Rock, Manager of Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology and Evaluation with the HKPR District Health Unit. “The drive-thru flu shot clinics make the process much easier, by allowing these individuals to be vaccinated in the comfort of their own vehicles.”

The drive-thru clinics are geared to individuals 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. Vehicle drivers and caregivers can also receive their flu vaccination at these drive-thru clinics.

The Health Unit will start its regular community flu shot clinics in November. Many doctors’ offices and pharmacies across Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes will also be providing free flu shots this fall and winter. For more information, call your local Health Unit office or visit www.hkpr.on.ca .

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For media inquiries, contact:

Marianne Rock, Manager, Communicable Disease Control, Epidemiology and Evaluation, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 1486.

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