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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World AIDS Day arrives, report says infections still rising

December 1, 2009

By Adam Hooper

World AIDS Day display at Carleton University.

World AIDS Day display at Carleton University. Photo: Britt Harvey


A new Canadian report released in time for World AIDS Day reveals that HIV, the virus that leads to the AIDS, continues to spread throughout Canada and particularly in Ottawa, where infection rates are the second-highest in the country.

The report – released in advance of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 – estimates 65,000 Canadians were HIV-positive by the end of 2008, a 14.7 per cent increase over 2005’s count of 57,000.

The incidence of infection in Ottawa is much higher than in the rest of Canada and is climbing faster. The Ontario Public Health Agency confirmed over 3,000 infections in Ottawa by 2007 and added another 165 diagnoses in 2008. And those are just the known cases.

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Government ups funding to fight colorectal cancer

December 1, 2009

By Paul Moore


Drugs. Photo: Meghan Potkins


People fighting colorectal cancer got some long-awaited good news this week when the province announced that it is extending coverage of Avastin, a costly drug used to treat colorectal cancer.

Sandra Thompson-Bednarek, who organizes a local support group for people with the disease, called Avastin “almost the wonder drug of the last few years.”

Anywhere from 10 to 25 people regularly attend her meetings, many of whom are treated with the drug. She said she knows cancer patients who have lived for years on Avastin.

But some patients simply didn’t have enough money to keep taking the drug.

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Ottawa’s 6th H1N1 death

November 24, 2009

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

More to come.