Tuesday, October 27, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“I’m proud to be from Crowsnest Pass, and I want everyone else to be proud.”
- Joey Ambrosi  
- on receiving the   
Order of Crowsnest Pass   


The H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, is expected by health experts to make a return this fall, from mid-November into December as an unwelcome addition to the regular flu season. With the H1N1 vaccine now officially approved in Canada, vaccination against this virus will be available in the Crowsnest Pass on Thursday, October 29.
It was announced on October 21 that the H1N1 vaccine would be available in Alberta as of October 26. In the Pass, the H1N1 vaccine will be offered alongside the seasonal flu vaccine at the clinic that was already scheduled at the Provincial Building on Thursday, October 29. This drop-in clinic will run from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Vivien Suttorp, Medical Officer of Health for Southern Alberta, says that people can get both the H1N1 and the seasonal vaccines at the same time at the clinic, or they can get only one or the other. She adds that information on scheduled clinics is available online at www.albertahealthservices.ca.
Alberta Health Services recommends that the following groups of people get the H1N1 vaccine as early as possible:
- People under 65 with chronic health conditions, and their caregivers.
- Pregnant women.
- Children six months to less than five years of age and their caregivers.
- People living in remote and isolated settings or communities.
- Health care workers involved in pandemic response or the delivery of essential health care services.
- Household contacts and care providers for persons at high risk who cannot be immunized or may not respond to vaccines.
The vaccine has been approved by Health Canada after undergoing clinical trials, and works in the same manner as the regular seasonal flu vaccine.
The groups listed above are those who are at the greatest potential risk from H1N1, or who are in a position to easily spread the virus to others who are at risk.
In order to limit the spread of this contagious virus as much as possible, Alberta Health Services is recommending that all individuals over the age of six months receive the vaccine. As this is a new flu strain, the population has not built up any level of immunity to it yet.
While immunization is recommended to prevent contracting H1N1, other common flu-prevention methods should still be exercised. Everyone should wash their hands often, using soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers can also be effective.
Everyone should try to cover coughs and sneezes with their arm or with a tissue.
If you come down with the flu this year, you should stay home and rest instead of continuing to go to work and school, where you can easily spread the virus to others.
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