Lack of business closing H1N1 assessment clinic

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - A declining number of visitors at the local flu assessment clinic means it will be shut down on Friday.
However, the clinic will be conducting regular hours of operation - 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. - until closing time tomorrow.
The decision to close the clinic in the former Douglas Street school follows a gradual decline in visitations in recent days, said a spokesperson for the Colchester East Hants Health Authority (CEHHA).
"The centre has been an important piece of our overall H1N1 response plan as it has allowed us to focus on providing quality care and treatment to those with symptoms of influenza, while reducing the demand on our ERs and helping prevent the spread of illness," said CEHHA CEO Peter MacKinnon.
To date 1,150 individuals have received support and care through the centre, which opened Oct. 31. Visitations have gone from a peak of 130 individuals in one day during the first week, down to 36 daily visits over the past week.
But MacKinnon said the district is continuing to monitor influenza activity and will launch the centre again if the need arises. And he cautioned against public complacency as the initial fright about the H1N1 virus subsides. "While we are encouraged by the decline in visits to the centre we are still in the midst of a pandemic and need to remain alert," he said. "We are prepared to respond should the demand increase again and are continuing to push forward with vaccination efforts and to promote other prevention measures, such as handwashing, to protect our residents from the ongoing risks."
More than 10,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been administered locally since that clinic was established.

Organizations: Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Douglas Street school

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