Metro pays visit to a mumps immunization clinic
robin kuniski/for metro calgary
Phase two of the Calgary Health Region’s mumps vaccination campaign kicked off yesterday — a day of reckoning for me.
Since I fall into the target age group of 17 to 26, I knew it was my turn to get the mumps vaccination. At first I was worried it would hurt and I wouldn’t be able to work — but I wouldn’t end up so lucky.
I walked into the nurses’ room at the Southwood United Church clinic and saw the nurse holding up the needle. It wasn’t that big.
We sat down and she talked me through the process, giving me orange juice and reassuring me everything would be OK.
I rolled up my sleeve, exposing flesh to the nurse. I just wanted to get it over with. Before I knew it, the needle was in my arm and out, and it only burned a little bit.
More than 23,000 people were vaccinated in the first phase. Other people in the age group of 17 to 26 are also at risk and are invited to get the vaccine until the end of January.
This year there have been 73 confirmed cases of mumps this — with 57 of them reported since October.
Only 6 cases were reported in all of 2006.
Starting today there will be a mass mumps vaccination clinic at the Currie Barracks.
For more information on times and locations, visit www.calgaryhealthregion.ca.