If you still need a flu shot, it is available:
- From all health care providers and many pharmacies. To find a pharmacy offering the flu shot, visit Ontario's on-line flu clinic locator - click here
- By appointment at the Health Unit's weekly Wednesday immunization clinic - click here for more information
NOTE: The type of flu identified as most commonly circulating in our community is Influenza A (H1N1) which is a component or part of this year’s vaccine. Even if you received the H1N1 vaccine in 2009, you should still get this year’s vaccine to be fully protected.
Changes to vaccine ordering process for health care providers - click here
Click on the links below for more information:
APPOINTMENTS NOW NEEDED FOR WEEKLY IMMUNIZATION CLINIC
As of Wednesday, September 12 appointments will be needed for the weekly immunization clinic. This change was made to reduce the wait time for clients. To make sure as many as clients as possible will be seen, appointments will now begin at 1:00pm.
Please call to make an appointment. If no one is available, please leave a name and number and your call will be returned within 2 business days:
ZOSTAVAX (SHINGLES VACCINE)
- Zostavax is no longer available at the Wednesday immunization clinic.
- We apologize for any inconvenience.
- Please speak to your health care provider about this very important vaccine.
HPV (human papillomavirus) VACCINE - GARDASIL
The province of Ontario has expanded the eligibility for girls to receive the FREE HPV vaccine called Gardasil. It will now be available in grades 8 through 12. Girls in grade 8 will be eligible to get all three doses at school. Consent forms will be sent home. Click here for a school clinic schedule for schools in both the City and the surrounding District.
Please read on for more information for girls in high school as well as girls who were born in 1993/1994:
Girls who were born in 1993/1994:
- These girls were enrolled in Grade 8 in the first year of the publicly funded program.
- If they didn't start in Grade 8 and what to be immunized, they need to start the 3 dose series before June 30, 2013.
- They then have until June 30, 2014 to get the remaining two doses.
- To get the vaccines they need, they will need to make an appointment to visit our Wednesday clinic. Click here for more information.
Girls who will be in high school as of September 2012:
- The province of Ontario has made the FREE HPV vaccine available to girls through the end of their grade 12 year.
- Girls who got two doses in Grade 8 can get their third dose when the Health Unit visits their school during the 2012/2013 school year.
- Girls who got only one dose can get their second dose at school. It is recommended they get their third and last dose by making an appointment for our Wednesday clinic. Click here for more information.
For students living in District communities, please call your nearest branch office to make arrangements.
TB SKIN TESTING
- The Health Unit does not provide TB skin tests for screening purposes for school or employment. TB skin testing is only available to those who are contacts of TB cases.
- Click here for more information about TB skin tests. Please speak with your health care provider if you need the test.
Click on the links below for more information about immunization and vaccines:
What are vaccine preventable diseases?
There is a long list of diseases that can be prevented with a vaccine including chicken pox, mumps and polio. Across all age groups, vaccines provide the most effective and longest-lasting method of preventing infectious diseases.
What is the role of the Vaccine Preventable Disease program?
The Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) program at the Health Unit is committed to providing immunization services to reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases within the City of Thunder Bay and District.
The VPD program:
How can I contact the Vaccine Preventable Disease program?
For more information please call the Vaccine Preventable Diseases program at 625-5971 or 1-888-294-6630, ext. 5971 or you can fax to (807) 625-4828.