The FSIN Launches A Call Centre To Handle H1N1 Questions
(Saskatoon, SK) FSIN Vice Chief E. Dutch Lerat is announcing the opening of a temporary call centre to help handle the large volume of calls from people searching for information on the H1N1 vaccine.
The call center will provide basic information provided by the Provincial Medical Health Officer on the H1N1 and make referrals to appropriate agencies as necessary. The Media is invited to tour the call centre, 200 B, 2121 Airport Drive, Saskatoon, Sask, on Friday November 6, at 11 a.m. The toll-free number for the call center is 1-866-956-6442.
“The FSIN is receiving numerous calls daily from First Nations individuals, communities and organizations with questions ranging from the availability of the H1N1 vaccine, to the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, says Vice Chief Lerat. “Providing information on H1N1 is the right thing to do during this time. When people become educated on a health issue they become empowered.”
The following FAQ’s have been provided by the Provincial Medical Health Officer:
How safe is the H1N1 vaccine?
The vaccine is similar to seasonal influenza vaccine.
The vaccine has gone through a rigorous testing process through the regulatory agency in Canada and has been authorized for use in all people over the age of 6 months. The regulatory process in Canada is one of the most rigorous in the world.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada have recommended that all pregnant women be vaccinated with either adjuvanted or non afjuvanted vaccine.
How effective is the H1N1 vaccine?
The vaccine produces an immune response effective against H1N1 in over 90% of the adult population Children less than 10 years of age do not get an effective response with the non-adjuvanted vaccine and require two half doses of the adjuvanted vaccine 21 days apart to be effective.
What are the alternatives to the vaccine?
H1N1 can be effectively treated with the antiviral Tamiflu which is available through your doctor or through a nursing station. Tamiflu has been placed in most communities for ready access.
Most H1N1 infection is mild and having had H1N1 will confer at least partial protection from re infection.
People who have not been diagnosed with H1N1 are recommended to have the vaccine.
It is important to rest, take plenty of fluids and maintain good nutrition. It is best to stay away from work or school until 24 hours after symptoms have ceased.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
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Mervin Brass, Executive Director of Communications