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Thunder Bay, ON
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Information for Health Care Providers

NEW:

FLU MIST - AVAILABLE FOR ORDER

The full allotment of Flumist© has arrived and we are able to process orders for this vaccine (publicly funded eligibility from 2-17 years of age). 

In addition we continue to be fully stocked with other influenza vaccine products:

  • trivalent vaccine for adults (Fluviral©, Influvac©) 
  • quadrivalent injectable influenza vaccine (Fluzone© quad) for children that are not eligible to receive the live virus Flumist©

Requisition Form for Influenza Vaccines

Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2015-2016

  • Click here to read "An Advisory Committee Statement (ACS) National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) - Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2015-2016.

Publicly Funded Immunization Schedules

  • Click here for the Publicly Funded Immunization Schedules for Ontario effective October 2015. 

Click on the links below for more information about topics and issues specific to health care professionals:

 

Becoming a Vaccine Provider

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care funded vaccines are available from the Health Unit at no cost to physicians, hospitals, clinics, correctional centres, colleges and universities.

To become a vaccine provider, please contact the Health Unit at 625-8810 or 1-888-294-6630, ext. 8810.  Facilities must meet certain criteria before they can become a vaccine provider.

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Hepatitis A and B Vaccine

The Ontario Ministry of Health provides publicly funded Hepatitis A  and Hepatitis B  vaccine for eligible individuals.  The vaccine is only available for the high-risk groups as listed on the order form.

Physicians can order the publicly funded vaccines by completing the correct order form and fax it to 625- 4828.  Please click here to learn more about ordering vaccines

Click on the links below to access the correct order forms:

The public can get both vaccines at the Health Unit's Wednesday immunization clinic at 999 Balmoral Street. Appointments are needed - click here for more information.

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Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA)

On July 1, 2014, changes to Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) came into effect. 

All immunization requirements for school attendance align with Ontario’s publicly funded immunization schedule, available by clicking here.

The ISPA requires that children and adolescents attending primary or secondary school be immunized against designated diseases, unless they have a valid exemption.

FACT SHEET - Click here 

FAQ & ANSWERS - Click here 

MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORM - Click here

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Tdap-IPV replaces DTap-IPV for the 4-6 year booster

Click on the links below for more information:

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Vaccine Cold Chain Incident Exposure/Wastage Report

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Vaccine Ordering Process

Orders must be placed by 4:30pm on Monday and can then be picked up  the same week on Thursdays and Fridays between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Please ensure your cooler is pre-conditioned between 2-8 °C in preparation for picking up the vaccine order.  

Please fax your order, along with a copy of your temperature log, to:

  • (807) 625-4828
  • Attention: Nicole O’Quinn

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Vaccine Storage and Handling

To ensure the efficacy of vaccines, the cold chain must be maintained.

Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines can be downloaded by clicking here.

Tips

  • Keep vaccines refrigerated between 2°C  to 8°C
  • Check the current maximum and minimum refrigerator temperature twice daily to ensure that the vaccines you will be using have not been exposed to temperatures below 2°C or above 8°C.
  • Store vaccine on the middle shelf of the refrigerator.  Vaccines stored on the door or in vegetable crispers will be exposed to warm temperatures every time the door is opened. 
  • Check vaccine expiry dates regularly, and only order the amount of each vaccine that you can use in a one month period.
  • Take vaccine out of the refrigerator only when ready to administer.  Put vaccines back in the refrigerator immediately after you have finished using them.
  • Return expired vaccine to the Health Unit for disposal and inventory management.
  • Call the Health Unit immediately at 625-8810 or 1-888-294-6630, ext. 8810 if temperatures have gone below 2°C or above 8°C.  Follow the directions provided by the Health Unit.

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Last Updated: 11/30/2015