Nurse Yva Theodore vaccinates 16-year-old Magalie Ewani at the CLSC du Plateau Mont Royal yesterday. Watching the action are Magalie's brothers Steve, 10, and Yann, 7. Photograph by: MARIE-FRANCE COALLIER, THE GAZETTE, The Gazette
From The Montreal Gazette:
Kids 5 to 19 can now get shots. It's just beginning but will increase, director of public health agency says.
MONTREAL – It's official – the second wave of the swine flu pandemic has hit Montreal, and public health authorities are responding by opening the floodgates of vaccination centres to all 5- to 19-year-olds, a group hit particularly hard by the potentially fatal H1N1 virus.
Citing new numbers in Montreal hospitals, Dr. Richard Lessard, the director of Montreal's public health agency, said yesterday the spike in the number of hospitalizations because of acute symptoms is worrisome - with 10 new admissions in the previous 24 hours alone, most in the 10 to 29 age range.
That's compared to 78 hospitalizations in Montreal from Aug. 30 to Nov. 10.
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