Juiced for another year

FTLComm - Tisdale - Tuesday, November 7, 2006

The public health system began its annual influenza immunisation programme yesterday in Melfort and Nipawin for our health region and today was the first clinic here in Tisdale as the Gold Age Centre was jammed with high risk recipients from 9:15 this morning until 3:30.

This year's potion comes almost a full month later than usual as the companies who produce the serium needed to include a strain of virus that began showing up very late last spring. The medication administered is actually a fairly complicated combination of immunization producing


chemicals aimed at producing resistance to the most likely strains of virus to appear in the flu season which affects Canadians each year. The flu season has already begun in BC, Alberta and Manitoba but so far Saskatchewan has not had any major outbreaks.

Organisers had the recipients seated this year which is a nice change from the line ups other years. Everyone was required to wait fifteen minutes before departing after receiving the shot to check for possible adverse affects. This meant it was time for a visit and coffee.

Our mayor, Rolly Zimmer was on hand greeting people and exchanging concerns as talk ranged from the funny snow fall to ground water conditions.



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