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Provinces gird for H1N1's second wave
« on: October 28, 2009, 04:18:35 PM »
Provinces are scrambling to accelerate their H1N1 vaccination programs and at least one prominent hospital is redirecting doctors from clinics to emergency rooms as the second wave of the pandemic virus grips the country.

Toronto Public Health said Wednesday it will fast-track its vaccination clinics for high-risk groups, including pregnant women, and make the vaccine available Thursday rather than next week. Alberta, meanwhile, will open 11 new clinics to meet public demand for the vaccine. And the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is restricting patient visitors to parents, while they redeploy staff to cope with an influx of influenza cases.

The virus has sickened thousands and killed close to 100 people across Canada. The latest and most high-profile death occurred Monday when 13-year-old Evan Frustaglio, an aspiring hockey star, collapsed on the bathroom floor of his Toronto home and never recovered, a fatality that health officials called rare but a tragic reminder of how swiftly the disease can kill.

With doses slowly rolling in from GlaxoSmithKline, Canada's vaccine supplier, jurisdictions have opted for a phased-in approach: First in line are health-care workers and groups that are more likely to develop complications, such as adults with chronic health conditions, young children, pregnant women and those living in remote communities. Healthy Canadians are being asked to hold off, until priority groups receive their shots.


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