Vaccine Available Flu Shots Recommended

first_imgPublic health officials continue to urge Nova Scotians to get a flu shot. The province has a reserve stock of 10,900 doses of vaccine on hold with the manufacturer. Most will be shipped to Nova Scotia and distributed next week, while some will be shared with other provinces through the national vaccine supply working group. “We are loaning 1,300 doses of vaccine to other provinces that have higher demand for flu shots, and the rest will come to Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Frank Atherton, deputy chief public health officer. “We encourage Nova Scotians, especially middle-aged adults and children under 5, to make use of this supply of vaccine and get immunized.” As flu season continues, there have been cases of severe illness and deaths across the country. Two Nova Scotians with some underlying health conditions have died of influenza. “Our thoughts are with the families of these patients,” said Dr. Atherton. “Unfortunately, we do see influenza related deaths in Nova Scotia. That’s why it’s important for Nova Scotians to get a flu shot to protect themselves and others.” The flu shot is free for all Nova Scotians. It includes vaccination against H1N1, among other strains. It is available from family doctors, family practice nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and clinics offered by Public Health Services and some workplaces. “We provided 435,000 doses of influenza vaccine this year, which is more than we’ve ever provided, and we’ve made it available through pharmacies as well as traditional places to increase the number of Nova Scotians who get immunized,” said Dr. Atherton. “Increased immunization, plus simple precautions like hand washing and coughing into your arm, help prevent the spread of the flu.” Regular updates on the flu season are posted every Wednesday on the Department of Health and Wellness website at The updates show trends in flu activity across the province. More information on the flu and how to avoid getting it is available at read more

On World Maritime Day UN urges ratification of conventions to protect global

Marking the annual observance of World Maritime Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the IMO’s contribution towards making global shipping “progressively safer, more secure and more environment-friendly” through over 50 conventions aimed at safeguarding the world’s seaways. But, he added in his message, the ratification and enforcement of the conventions was a key step forward in securing the application of these protections. “The real value of those conventions can be fully realized only if they are properly implemented. This entails early entry into force, broad participation, effective policies and programmes, stringent oversight and vigorous enforcement,” Mr. Ban stated. “I urge all concerned to strengthen their efforts to achieve the full and effective implementation of all IMO conventions,” he added. The theme of this year’s World Maritime Day, the 37th to be observed, is IMO Conventions: effective implementation. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu similarly underscored the importance of ratifying the conventions and warned that there were still several conventions for which “a slow pace of ratification and a lack of implementation are serious causes for concern.”“A slow pace of ratification, a prolonged state of non-fulfilment of entry-into-force conditions, a lack of compliance oversight and of enforcement mechanisms all add up to ineffective implementation, which in turn prevents the benefits enshrined in IMO measures from being fully felt,” he stated in his message for the Day.Pointing to those conventions which have occupied IMO efforts but have yet to enter into force, Mr. Sekimizu highlighted the Ballast Water Management Convention, the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling, the Cape Town Agreement of 2012 to implement the Torremolinos Protocol on fishing vessel safety, the 2010 Protocol to the HNS Convention, and the Nairobi Convention on wreck removal. “During the course of this year, our theme has enabled us to make genuine progress towards ratification, entry into force and implementation of all IMO conventions – but especially those which have yet to be widely accepted,” he continued. “And this is what IMO is really all about.” read more