The Calgary Flames issued the following statement today in regards to H1N1 medical protocol:
Recently Flames fans and Calgarians will have heard and read information concerning our medical protocol for the prevention of H1N1 amongst our players.
For clarity, our organization and our medical staff felt that our players should receive the vaccination given the risks associated with frequent physical contact, extreme exertion and onerous domestic and cross border travel.
Last week our team physicians worked with Alberta Health Services and assessed the risks on our team and the potential commotion and intrusion that sending the team to one of the locations would cause.
Consequently, on Friday our players were vaccinated at an off-site clinic within the public system and under the direction of Alberta Health Services.
The prudence of this approach has and will come under close scrutiny due to the controversial nature of the flu pandemic and the recently-announced change to the vaccination protocol and move to a full priority-based distribution system.
Our players did not seek to either avoid line-ups or get special attention.
They followed the direction of our medical staff and our organization.
We sought counsel and guidance on this matter and determined it appropriate given the facts available at the time.
We accept full responsibility for our actions and decisions.