H1N1 Campaign On At Dacosta???s Mall March 27

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In an effort to achieve full coverage of persons vaccinated against the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, staff at the Winston Scott Polyclinic will, this Saturday, March 27, conduct an immunisation campaign at DaCosta’s Mall in Broad Street.

It will be staged in front of the food court, located upstairs, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

In explaining the rationale for the event, Senior Health Sister at the Polyclinic, Ileen Knight said: "We would like to get as many people immunised against [the] Influenza A (H1N1) virus now that it has been extended to persons one year of age and over. Individuals will be appropriately counselled prior to receiving the vaccination and given information on the illness."

The campaign comes two weeks after the Ministry of Health took a decision to expand the categories of persons who can access the vaccine, Panenza, to persons one year of age and over. Reviews of the Ministry’s initial campaign, started late January, had shown that 7,551 individuals considered at risk for the disease, had actual been vaccinated.

Twenty thousand doses of the Influenza A (H1N1) vaccine, Panenza was procured, through a purchasing arrangement with the Pan-American Health Organization, by the Health Ministry, in January.

jgill@barbados.gov.bb

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