HSC’s Community Health Service ran an immunization clinic in early September. The two vaccines used were donated by Sanofi-Pasteur. Both vaccines contain antigens against tetanus and diphtheria. The two 19th century diseases still cause deaths in this country. In fact, Hôpital Sacré-Coeur sees patients with tetanus or diphtheria on a fairly regular basis.
During the first week alone, some 1,500 people—mostly school age children—were vaccinated at 5 clinics. The largest was at the school in Quartier Morin operated by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Louis. Some 850 children were immunized there.
Other schools where clinics were held include: Bon Berger in Milot, Philippian Baptist School in Milot, Adventist School in Milot and the Holy Cross School in Milot. During subsequent weeks, HSC will run 1 or 2 clinics a day.
The vaccine used for the youngest children has antigens against tetanus, diphtheria, pertusus, and polio. The vaccine used for older children (> 12 y/o) contains antigens against diphtheria and tetanus.