Tuesday, November 3, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“If the private meetings between councillors continue, the matter should be referred to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for an inspection/inquiry of council.”
- George B. Cuff  
- regarding the municipal   
review of council   

 

 
They were lined up down the street waiting to get a number for their H1N1 shots with most of them getting turned away at the door.
Alberta Health chose to provide the citizens of the Crowsnest Pass the H1N1 shot for a one day, five hour session. The only session to be held in the Crowsnest Pass. Approximately 600 tickets were given out on a first come first serve basis. Those missing out on the shot can drive to Pincher Creek where the vacine will be given for the entire week.
According to one source, a person who was there waiting to get the vaccine, all the tickets were all filled and given out before 3:00, less than two hours into the five-hour clinic. At that point they had to start turning people away, and telling them that they would have to go to one of the Pincher Creek clinics.
Dr. Vivien Suttorp, Medical Health Officer for this region, was asked if there were anymore clinics scheduled for the Pass or if Pincher Creek was being set up as a regional vaccination centre, but she did not respond as of press time.
 
On Wednesday, October 27, there were a total of approximately 115 students home from school, out of a total school population of roughly 620. This is an 18.5 percent absentee rate for the Pass. It’s impossible to know how much of that is attributable to H1N1, because some could be for other illnesses going around, some could be not because of illness at all, or some could be parents keeping kids home to avoid H1N1 until the vaccine came out.
At Isabelle Sellon School, there were 27 kids away out of 167 (16 percent). Vice-Principal Paul Pichurski says that some of the kids had flu-like symptoms, but not all of them. He said that it is a higher absenteeism than usual.
Horace Allen School did not seem to be as hard-hit. They had 8 students absent out of 135 (6 percent).
The Crowsnest Consolidated High School had the bulk of the absent students. They had approximately 80 students away that day, out of 320 (25 percent). Principal Wes Wescott says that the high school told students to stay home if they felt sick at all, and he says that some of the high absenteeism would be because of that.
The Pincher Creek clinics are: October 30, 12:00 to 6:00 at the Town Hall Gym; November 3, 4, 5, and 6, from 12:00 to 7:00 at the Ranchland Mall, and November 7 from 9:00 to 3:00 at the Ranchland Mall.
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