Lessons learned as flu clinics tighten up

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A lot of people will likely be going without their flu shots — at least until the next general clinic opens.

When the Ministry of Health announced Friday that it would be running clinics only for those most at risk to contract H1N1, it shouldn’t have come as any surprise.

Demand for the vaccine has been high since the strain was confirmed in Saskatchewan, and especially since people began dying and being hospitalized by the virus.

There will always be those who stubbornly refuse to get immunized, but for most people, the threat of contracting a potentially deadly bug is enough to persuade them to roll up a sleeve and get the shot.

It’s unfortunate that the Ministry of Health has had to restrict who it will be dispensing immunizations to, but it’s a sensible approach to controlling the spread of the virus.

As most health professionals will explain, schools are great incubators for transmittable diseases. And as the province discovered the last time H1N1 was going around, pregnant women are also at risk.

While Dr. Denise Werker has said it was a difficult decision to limit the use of vaccines to those groups, it was absolutely the right one.

A society’s first responsibility should always be to look after its most vulnerable, and infants and pregnant women definitely fall within that group.

Perhaps next flu season, rather than wait for the risk to arise, people everywhere might want to consider going for their vaccination before the supply is too low to meet the demand.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: Ministry of Health

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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