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School-aged children added to H1N1 flu-shot priority list

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WINNIPEG - Manitoba children up to 18 years of age have been added to the H1N1 flu vaccination priority list.

Provincial health officials said the vaccine will be offered to all children because emergency rooms and doctors are seeing more kids with influenza-like symptoms, and because more kids are missing school because of illness.

"Providing H1N1 flu shots to school-age children should help reduce the spread of disease to others and help protect all family members who may be at risk. It should also reduce the risk of and help to address concern about severe illness and death in school-aged children," officials said Wednesday in a release.

Each regional health authority is adapting their H1N1 flu shot clinics to meet the needs of their population.

In Winnipeg, a satellite clinic will open Thursday evening at Children’s Hospital to ease the demands on the emergency room department. It will be staffed by a pediatrician and nursing staff Thursday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Children can also be vaccinated at any of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority clinics, which reopen Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.

So far, more than 101,000 people have been vaccinated in the WRHA clinics
 

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