H1N1 assessment centres open in Ottawa
Last Updated: Thursday, November 5, 2009 | 2:15 PM ET
Ottawa's swine flu vaccination clinics continued to hand out wristbands to high-priority groups Wednesday, while the public health department opened flu assessment centres to help those suffering from H1N1-like symptoms.
As of 4 p.m. ET, some clinics still had wristbands available. The clinic at 100 Constellation Cr. had 60 wristbands remaining. The Tom Brown Arena clinic also reported having limited wristbands available.
As of 1 p.m., the Vanier-Richelieu clinic had 400 wristbands available.
However, clinics at the Orléans Client Service Centre, the Kanata Recreation Complex, the Jim Durrell Arena and the Stittsville and District Community Centre are turning people away, with the exception of individual health-care workers.
The health agency issues the single-use, non-transferable wristbands to indicate what time each person should arrive at a clinic for her or his shot.
Six flu-assessment clinics open
Ottawa Public Health opened six flu-assessment clinics Wednesday at area community health centres.
The clinics won't offer H1N1 vaccinations, but instead provide assessment and treatment for patients who have flu-like symptoms, but don't have a family doctor or can't get an appointment with their regular health-care provider.
The clinics will run seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the following community health centres:
- Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, 221 Nelson St.
- Somerset West Community Health Centre, 55 Eccles St.
- Centretown Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper St.
- Dempsey Community Centre, 1895 Russell Rd.
- Carlington Community Health Centre, 900 Merivale Rd.
- Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre, 1365 Richmond Rd.
Health agencies serving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis will be also providing assessment and treatment services, but only for their target populations.
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