We’re not out of the deep end yet when it comes to Calgary’s flu season

Vaccination

Don’t let your guard down when it comes to the flu just yet according to Dr. Jia Hu, Calgary’s City Medical Officer of Health. Dr. Hu has stated that even though the number of Calgary case’s peaked in November, there is still a very high chance of another rise in cases this year.

“It is a bit unpredictable…”

Even though Alberta Health Services and Dr. Hu are trying to stay optimistic that the worst of the cases have passed, you can never be too certain. In a statement, Hu goes on to say, “That being said, sometimes we can see . . . a peak early on but a peak later on, perhaps a different flu strain. It is a bit unpredictable, which is why it is very important for people to get the flu shot if they haven’t got it already.”

This flu season alone has seen a total of 1,897 cases of influenza A across Alberta and rising. Of those cases, around 20 individuals have died; six of those people were from Calgary.

As of January 5th, 507,028 doses of flu vaccine have been administered in Calgary by the AHS and pharmacists. That’s the highest number across Alberta, with Edmonton administering 403,233 vaccinations.

The AHS and Dr. Hu are continuing to push for me people to get their vaccinations and stating that the flu season can often last until the spring

-Sean Marks

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Common flu lands one woman in a coma

H1N1 vaccine

H-1-N-1 virus is responsible for a 38 year old woman being put in a medically induced coma.

Nevada Cunnington went to the emergency room on New years with what she thought was a terrible cold. Cunnington went from being able to speak and walk to being placed in a medically induced coma. 

 It is important to get vaccinated.

Though the virus typically infects young people medical officials say it is important to get vaccinated. The flu  shot is still available to those who have not yet taken it.

-Muna Saeed

38-year-old mother fighting for her life

H1N1 vaccine

A 38-year-old mother from Calgary is between life and death after contracting the H1N1 flu during the holidays. Nevada Cunnington went to the hospital after she thought she had developed a cold, but the symptoms escalated to the point where she had to be put into an induced coma. She has yet to wake up.

The H1N1 strain can affect anyone.

Alberta Health Services says there have been 4,797 cases similar to Cunnington’s since August and more than 20 people have died.

AHS is also urging the population to get vaccinated as the H1N1 strain can affect anyone.

The H1N1 influenza virus is said to have killed more than 17,000 people around he world during the 2009 flu pandemic, with more than 3,600 in North America.

-Cimon Charest-Deschenes

Flu season hitting hard this year

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Flu season has been really tough this year compared to last year.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada there are not as many deaths this year at 24. Included in those numbers are 6 people just from Alberta.

More than 400 people have been hospitalized

More than 400 people have been hospitalized. This massive number of hospitalizations more than doubles last years flu caused hospital admittance.

Health care workers encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine and also caution that kids in particular are more vulnerable and should be vaccinated as soon as possible if they have not been already.

Nathan Anderson

Where’s the beef? Canada’s Food Guide suggests eating more plants, less meat

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Canada’s new food guide was released by Health Minister Ginette Petipas Taylor in Montreal Tuesday morning.

It has been twelve years since a major update has been made on the Canada Food Guide–a widely sought-after government publication used in schools, homes, and businesses. One change includes the amalgamation of protein and dairy into one category, with an emphasis on more plant-based protein sources–which eliminates the traditional four-group structure.


“These are really important nutrients, and Canadians already aren’t getting enough of them.”

Zinc, magnesium, calcium and vitamin D are nutrients that are found in milk, according to Lee Finell, a manager in education with the Dairy Farmers of Canada. She emphasizes that although other foods do contains these nutrients, it is not usually in the concentrated amounts that milk offers.
“These are really important nutrients, and Canadians already aren’t getting enough of them,” Finell said.

In a document put out by Health Canada, it stated that most Canadians do not consume enough whole grains, fruits, or vegetables. The guide now classifies fruit juice as a “sugary drink” as opposed to its previous standing as an acceptable serving of fruit.

Health officials say they did not let food industry influences dictate the basis of this food guide.

Eloise Therien


Eat more greens Health Canada recommends


A new nutritional guide released by Health Canada is recommending that Canadians eat more plant-based food and drink water. This is a radical move that eliminates food groups like meat and dairy products, forcing a major nutritional shift that has far reaching implications for the agricultural sector.

Health and nutritional experts, are of the view that the encouragement to consume less diary products will affect Canada’s supply management system, started in the 1970s and which sets quotas for production of milk and other goods based on anticipated demands.


“You’ll end up with an imbalance. So obviously, I think you need to look at supply management 2.0 very seriously and commit to a reform as soon as possible.”

Sylvain Charlebois , a Dalhousie University professor who researches food believes that Farmers will have to start looking at export markets. “You’ll end up with an imbalance. So obviously, I think you need to look at supply management 2.0 very seriously and commit to a reform as soon as possible.” Charlebois is however of the opinion that this may not be possible under the current system, he said.

Chimezie Uguru