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Friday, February 12, 2010

Half of Ottawa residents got H1N1 flu shot, says medical officer of health

From Canada:

"OTTAWA - More than half of Ottawa's residents rolled up their sleeves for the H1N1 flu shot.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Isra Levy estimates 53 per cent of the population have received the vaccine since it was first available at the end of October.

It was the largest mass vaccination campaign in Ottawa Public Health's history.
Levy estimates there is probably immunity in the community of 60 or 70 per cent, which puts Ottawa in a good position if the H1N1 strain resurfaces.

Levy says a third wave of the H1N1 flu virus is unlikely in the city since a majority of Ottawa residents are now vaccinated against the virus.

Ottawa Public Health has been operating H1N1 and seasonal flu shot clinics since late October, with mass vaccination clinics continuing in January and February."

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