Interior Health Nurse Jackie Moran administers the meningitis vaccine to 16-year-old Micheal Pusey during the Okanagan Meningococcal Immunization Clinic held at the Vernon Health Unit on Saturday. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)

Immunization clinics this week

Meningococcal outbreak prompts vaccines across Okanagan

A valley-wide push is on to get Okanagan teens vaccinated following a meningococcal outbreak which has hit a Vernon girl hard.

A Grade 11 student from Kalamalka Secondary is in Vancouver in a medically-induced coma.

A series of public clinics took place on the weekend for students who do not have access to the secondary school system (home schooled students, university or college students, high school students who may have missed or know they will miss their scheduled school clinic).

Those in the school system who have not yet been immunized will get their shots this week.

The clinics are as follows:

NORTH OKANAGAN

  • Charles Bloom (Lumby) – today (Monday, Dec. 18)
  • Vernon Christian School – today (Monday, Dec. 18)
  • Vernon Secondary – Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • Clarence Fulton – Wednesday, Dec. 20
  • Pleasant Valley (Armstrong) – Wednesday, Dec. 20
  • AL Fortune (Enderby) – Wednesday, Dec. 20
  • WL Seaton – Thursday, Dec. 21

CENTRAL OKANAGAN

  • George Elliott (Lake Country) – today (Monday, Dec. 18)
  • Cst. Neil Bruce (West Kelowna) – today (Dec. 18)
  • Glenrosa (West Kelowna) – today (Dec. 18)
  • Rutland Secondary – Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • Aberdeen – Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • Kelowna Secondary – Wednesday, Dec. 20
  • KLO – Thursday, Dec. 21
  • Immaculata – Thursday, Dec. 21
  • Dr. Knox – Thursday, Dec. 21
  • Kelowna Christian School – Thursday, Dec. 21
  • OKM – Friday, Dec. 22
  • Heritage (Rutland) – Friday, Dec. 22

Mount Boucherie and La Sable clinics took place Dec. 15

SOUTH OKANAGAN

  • Similkameen Elementary Secondary – today (Monday, Dec. 18)
  • Princeton Senior – today (Monday, Dec. 18)
  • Penticton Seconday – Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • Princess Margaret (Penticton) – Wednesday, Dec. 20

Summerland Senior clinic took place Dec. 15 and Oliver and Osoyoos clinics were in November.

“IH would like to remind the public, the vaccine has been offered to grade 9 students in B.C. since 2016, as part of the routine immunization program. If you have received this vaccine as part of the grade 9 immunization program in 2016/17, you don’t need to be re-immunized,” states Interior Health.

Students who have not received this vaccine are recommended to attend an immunization clinic at their school.

Just Posted

Penticton’s second Snakebite festival hits the screen Jan. 31

Snakebite Film Festival showing LBGT, Indigenous and other diverse films

LETTER: Funds were borrowed from ICBC and B.C. Hydro

Method helped government hype but depleted needed money in the corporations

LETTER: Questions raised about high docks in Summerland

Public docks were replaced following damage from flooding on Okanagan Lake

Crosswalk coming to intersection near Penticton events centre

After years of plans a crosswalk is expected to be built on Alberni Street on Highway 97 this year

EDITORIAL: Revisiting Banks Crescent

Summerland had earlier considered controversial development at same location

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Most Read