The flu vaccine is free again this year and, with flu season fast approaching, the province is encouraging everyone to be immunized. “Here in Nova Scotia, our Better Care Sooner plan places a priority on disease prevention,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “The free flu shot will help keep people well and is part of our overall plan to reduce pressure on our emergency rooms.” “Each year, many Nova Scotians become ill because of influenza,” said chief public health officer Dr. Robert Strang. “This, in turn, has an impact on our workplaces and our health care system. However, getting immunized can help prevent the flu safely and easily.” The flu vaccine has been delivered to doctors’ offices and will also be offered in workplace and public health clinics. The H1N1 strain will be part of this year’s seasonal flu vaccine. Certain risk groups are especially encouraged to receive the influenza vaccine. These include: Flu symptoms often include a sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. Proper hygiene, such as handwashing and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, are also important to prevent the spread of influenza and many other infections. People with flu symptoms should stay home and minimize close contact with others. Government expects to invest $1.5 million to $1.7 million on influenza vaccine. During the 2010-11 influenza season, about 38 per cent of Nova Scotians received the flu vaccine. For more information on the flu, visit www.gov.ns.ca/flu . people older than 65 people who are residents of long-term and other chronic care facilities adults and children with chronic health conditions children and adolescents (age 6 months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid adults and children with any condition that can compromise respiratory function or increase the risk of aspiration children between six months and five years of age pregnant women people who live with, or care for, someone in one of the above groups health care students and workers first responders such are firefighters and police Aboriginal peoples those with morbid obesity people living in a home where a newborn is expected during the regular influenza season.
Aerial view of RHS WisleCredit:Invicta Kent Media/REX/Shutterstock The Walled Garden at RHS Garden Wisley “Wisley is the UK’s centre of excellence for horticulture and horticultural science and helps millions of people to garden and grow plants.”I’m calling on the UK’s army of 27 million gardeners to make it known that a disregard for these important trees and lack of appreciation of the national importance of this garden would not be acceptable if the short-sighted and environmentally damaging option was chosen.”Sue Biggs, RHS director general, said the charity was investing £70 million at the gardens in horticulture, new laboratories and visitor facilities.”It would be criminal for this irreplaceable woodland to be lost when another viable plan would avoid cutting down these century-old trees and still meet the important need to widen the A3,” she said.The role the trees play in mitigating pollution, providing habitat for wildlife and creating a noise and visual barrier must not be underestimated, she added, warning the noise of the A3 without them could impact on visitors and the future of the garden. Five trees identified as “threatened and endangered in cultivation” and huge giant redwoods would be lost if the scheme went ahead, the charity said.The RHS is urging Government agency Highways England to choose the option on the east side, which it said would not take any woodland or fell trees at Wisley. It would also provide better road access to the gardens, which get 1.2 million visitors a year, the charity said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Highways England said the RHS was presenting the “worst case scenario” as if there had been no mitigation and insisted that they took their environmental responsibilities “very seriously”.A spokesman said the current access road to Wisley was “not particularly safe” and often caused traffic to queue onto the A3.The agency has proposed to close that road and build a new access road half a mile down the road as part of improvements to junction 10 of the M25.It is expecting to announce its preferred route within the next month, which is the “starting gun on the planning process.”After that, a detailed design will be submitted to the planning inspectorate before there is another public consultation.Work is not due to start before 2020. The Royal Horticultural Society has warned that one of the UK’s most popular gardens faces losing acres of woodland in a “criminal garden grab” by Highways England.Plans to widen the A3 could result in the loss of 500 trees at RHS Wisley in Surrey, including one planted by the Queen to mark her silver jubilee, and some that are more than 100 years old, it has claimed.RHS ambassador Alan Titchmarsh has called on the UK’s army of gardeners to oppose the plans, saying: “We must stand together and protect our gardens.”The RHS said there were two options to widen the A3, one on the road’s east side, and one on the west alongside the century-old garden.The west option would take out the protective bank of trees which separates the busy road from the trials field where varieties of blooms are assessed, as well as part of the woodland garden, worsening noise and air pollution at the garden. Titchmarsh said: “This potential garden-grabbing plan would be another unacceptable example of this Government’s poor perception of horticulture and lack of appreciation of the vital role that plants play for the environment, for the nation’s health and well-being and for the UK economy.