We are aware that immunization services at your office may have been impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of physical distancing and other public health measures. While some clinics have continued to provide immunizations, some may have been delayed and others may have been cancelled. With fewer vaccine doses being administered, individuals and communities may be at risk for illness and potential outbreaks of vaccine preventable disease.
Please reach out and contact any clients that may have missed or fallen behind on their routine immunizations to get them caught up as soon as possible. Thank you for the consideration and your cooperation.
All CK healthcare providers are encouraged to download and review:
COVID-19 Guidance: Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting (July 28, 2021)
Guidance for Routine & Catch-Up Immunization Services (August 2022) ENGLISH | FRENCH
These documents are intended to complement existing guidance on the MOHLTC website.
Influenza is a respiratory illness caused primarily by the influenza A and B viruses. While most people recover in 7 to 10 days, severe illness can occur. Being vaccinated against influenza each fall is the best way to help prevent infection.
Seasonal Flu Vaccine Information for Providers
Please remind all of your patients to report their shots to CK Public Health!
VACCINE STORAGE AND HANDLING
IMPORTANT: ALL VACCINE PROVIDERS MUST CALL 519-355-1071 ext. 5900 TO REPORT ANY TEMPERATURE READING BELOW +2°C or ABOVE +8°C IMMEDIATELY. IF AFTER HOURS PLEASE LEAVE A DETAILED MESSAGE AND WE WILL RESPOND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
CK Public Health inspects all facilities such as doctor’s offices to ensure they are compliant with cold chain requirements.
We provide education, training, and recommendations to maintain the cold chain. Proper vaccine storage and handling ensures safe and effective vaccines are delivered to the public.
The term “cold chain” refers to maintaining vaccines within the required range of 2° to 8°C at all times during handling, storage, and transport. Breaks in the cold chain can result in reduced vaccine effectiveness, which can mean lack of protection for the person receiving the vaccine.
In the event of a cold chain failure, please have the following ready when reporting to CK Public Health:
- Vaccine Trade Name
- Number of Doses
- Lot Number
- Expiry Date
This needs to be completed for EACH vaccine product within the affected refrigerator. Please fax your complete list to 519-355-0848 for data entry and follow-up. Be sure to put your facility name at the top of each faxed page.
ON VACATION? DON’T FORGET – Your fridge temperatures must continue to be monitored twice a day while you are away!