Flu Vaccination Campaign Begins

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Security Council deplores heinous murder of British aid worker by Islamic militants

“This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press.According to media reports, Mr. Haines, 44, was seized in Syria last year. He was being held by ISIL which had already killed two United States hostages, and a video of his death was released on Saturday night. Council members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, to the Government of the United Kingdom as well as to the families of all victims of ISIL.“The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out,” said the statement. They further emphasized that such “continued acts of barbarism” perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them but rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort amongst governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaida.The Council demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by these groups. It also demanded that all parties involved in an armed conflict comply fully with their obligations to ensure the respect and protection of all humanitarian personnel.Further, Council members stressed that those responsible for the killing of David Haines should be held accountable, and urged all States to cooperate actively with the UK and all other relevant authorities in this regard. read more