Canadian H1N1 Clinics Closing
Due To Decreased Demand
Canadians are finally wising up to the dangers of vaccinations
as clinics around the entire country are closing due to decreased
Health units in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver are
seeing a drop in attendance at the H1N1 clinics and plan to wind
down their mass vaccination centers.
"We've seen a drop in the number of people visiting our clinics
so we will be looking at the more traditional routes available
for vaccinations such as family doctors and walk-in clinics,"
Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Hamilton's medical officer of health,
said in a statement.
In Stratford, the Perth District Health Unit plans to close its
public H1N1 clinics on Dec. 1.
For the second straight day, many of Toronto's H1N1 vaccination
clinics are closing early due to a lack of participation by the
Despite the downward trend in mass vaccinations, the mainstream
media is falsifying information quoting thousands by the day that
are still getting their shots at unknown locations throughout
"I'm not really sure what clinic's they're referring to that
are so busy," said public health Nurse Cathy Graham. "I've
only witnessed a low turn-out except at the beginning of November
when the H1N1 clinics were geographically restricted, but since
they've expanded very few people are showing up," Graham
Toronto Public Health closed two more of the five Flu Assessment
Centres Friday. One closed earlier in the week.
The Ministry of Health has never had an expectation about how
long public vaccination clinics should run, said spokesman David
"We have full confidence that local public health units,
gauging the demand they're experiencing from their communities,
will be able to determine the best and most effective way to operate
the H1N1 clinics," he said.
Four of Winnipeg's swine flu vaccination clinics are also are
being shut down as of Nov. 30.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has operated 12
clinics in the city since the mass immunization campaign started
on Oct. 26. But the number of people showing up at the clinics
has dropped significantly since then.
Decreased demand is also causing H1N1 clinic shutdowns in B.C.
All B.C. H1N1 vaccination clinics were closed over the weekend
and may selectively reopen according to B.C. public health.
H1N1 vaccine clinics in Calgary have experienced a massive reduction
in public participation for H1N1 vaccinations and most were closing
for the weekend.
It was just a month ago that Alberta Health Minister Ron Lieper
warned that Alberta would run out of H1N1 flu vaccinations due
to increased demand and shortage.
What a difference a month makes.
Recent reports indicated that Health Canada has withdrawn an
H1N1 batch from use and are testing it after it produced a range
of serious reactions, notably in the heart and lungs. The recall
affects 172,000 doses of the Arepanrix
Canadians suffered severe allergic reactions after vaccination.
200 others died.
A full list of h1n1 vaccine ingredients, alerts and warnings.
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November 28, 2009