December 11, 2009
For immediate release
Over Half of Prince Edward Island Population Now Vaccinated
“We are extremely pleased to have vaccinated more than half of the population in PEI,” said Health Minister, Doug Currie. “Getting vaccinated is an important step to ensuring that Islanders are better protected from the H1N1 flu virus, especially as the holiday season approaches and there are many social gatherings.”
“While there has been a decrease in H1N1 activity in PEI and other provinces across the country over the past few weeks, we know that the virus is still circulating in the community and therefore we want to minimize the number of Islanders who might become ill in a potential third wave,” said Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Health Officer for Prince Edward Island. “Islanders should continue to take preventative measures and for those who have not done so already and are willing, should get vaccinated. Both measures are steps toward protecting yourself and your family against H1N1.”
“I would like to once again thank our public health staff for their dedication and commitment to providing this important program to Islanders,” said Minister Currie. “The staff should be acknowledged for their efforts over the past number of weeks in rolling out the largest vaccination program on PEI.”
Mass public vaccination clinics will continue over the next few weeks and then the vaccine will continue to be available to those who want to get immunized by appointment through local Public Health Offices.
For further information on upcoming clinics, the public should watch for advertisements, visit www.gov.pe.ca/flu or call 1-888-748-5454 for the most up-to-date information on immunization clinics.