Opening day no-shows give Carleton students extra chance at H1N1 vaccination

December 1, 2009

By Mark Brownlee

Patty Allen

Patty Allen mixes the H1N1 vaccine with the adjuvant at Tuesday's clinic in Fenn Lounge on the Carleton campus. Photo: Mark Brownlee


Students, staff and faculty at Carleton University unexpectedly received the H1N1 vaccine from the school’s health services Tuesday morning after about 30 people failed to show up for their appointments on Monday. The clinics, which opened Monday afternoon, have enough of the vaccine for about 125 people a day until they close on Thursday.

The number of no-shows meant that people visiting the health and counselling services clinic on the Carleton campus for regular appointments were given the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

“If they want them, we give it to them,” said Maureen Murdock, director of health and counselling services at Carleton.

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H1N1 forces record number of surgery cancellations at Ottawa Hospital

November 24, 2009

By Mark Brownlee

Photo Credit: Kim Mackrael

The Ottawa Hospital has been forced to postpone more elective surgeries already this November than any other one-month period on record. The increase in H1N1-related hospital admissions has contributed to the postponement of 143 elective surgeries this month.

According to Ottawa Public Health, 164 residents of the Ottawa area were admitted to hospital since September with H1N1. As of Monday, the Ottawa Hospital had 11 confirmed cases of H1N1.

Allison Neill, director of public affairs at the Ottawa Hospital, said the surgeries were cancelled because of a shortage in the number of beds available at the hospital. H1N1 admissions added to the strain the hospital was already experiencing because of a lack of long-term care facility space.

“That patient who comes to emergency and needs to be admitted to hospital has to take priority for obvious reasons,” said Neill. Read the rest of this entry »

Flu vaccinations: How many do you need?

November 24, 2009

By Britt Harvey

Juliana Pari administers the H1N1 vaccine to a patient. Photo: Kim Mackrael

As he waited outside Tom Brown arena for his H1N1 vaccine, Lloyd Greene smoked a cigarette and stomped his feet impatiently.

“I just hate waiting,” he said. “I’m an impatient man.”

The 68-year-old thought that his H1N1 vaccine would be enough to keep him in good health all winter long. But Greene may need to wait in line for a second flu shot this year.

Dr. Earl Brown, a University of Ottawa virologist, stressed that since the H1N1 vaccination does not guard against the seasonal flu, Ottawans should be prepared to get both shots.

“The H1N1 vaccine does not give you much protection against the seasonal flu. It is not something that you should count on,” he said. “The H1N1 high risk groups are the young, with the seasonal flu it is the 65 and over that are in more danger of dying.” Read the rest of this entry »

Ottawa’s 6th H1N1 death

November 24, 2009

Ottawa Public Health is reporting a death in the area linked to H1N1.

More to come.

At the other end of the needle

November 24, 2009

By Adam Hooper

The jab takes three seconds, after three minutes of chatting. Photo: Adam Hooper

Vaccinations can be a pain at the best of times, but the process has been even more of a hassle over the past month for Ottawa residents getting the H1N1 shot.

That’s why nurse Juliana Pari makes an extra effort to greet visitors to the Vanier vaccination clinic with a warm smile.
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