War against the flu

Glenda Janes
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You think Buckleys tastes bad? Try pure cod liver oil.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We couldnt have asked for better weather.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We couldnt have asked for better weather.

Fall certainly is a beautiful season, the trees are alive with vibrant colours. The only downside of the fall is with it comes flu season..

I remember as a kid in Newfoundland when you came down with a cold or the flu, your mother gave you a few doses of cod liver oil (you think Buckleys taste bad, try pure cod liver oil?). But as bad as it tasted, within a few days, you felt better.

Those were the good old days, when things were much simpler. Now with mans technology and being able to travel around the world in 24 hours, we are presented with a whole different world of flu.

The ability to travel the world in such a short time has given us the ability to unknowingly transport different strains of influenza and disease to parts of the world, where it had never been before. It also gives us the ability to mix illness, and create super bugs.

The flu viruses keep changing from year to year, so the vaccine has to be updated annually. This is why it is important to be immunized every fall.

I did a little research about the flu shot and I thought it might be worthwhile to pass it along.

The Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccines have been around since the 1940s. They are made from fragments of inactivated influenza viruses, grown in fertilized hens eggs and then purified.

After you get a flu shot, your immune system produces antibodies against the strains of virus in the vaccine. The antibodies are effective for four to six months. When you are exposed to the influenza virus, the antibodies will help to prevent infection or reduce the severity of the illness.

You cannot get the flu from a flu shot.

The best time to get vaccinated is October or November. The flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

Certain groups that should be vaccinated every year:

Children ages six to 23 months, adults and children with chronic heart and lung disease, anyone living in a nursing home or chronic care facility, people 65 years of age and older, people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, anemia, cancer, immune suppression, HIV or kidney disease, children and adolescents on long term acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) therapy, health care workers, other caregivers and household contacts capable of transmitting influenza to the above at-risk groups and people at high risk of influenza complications who are traveling to areas where the flu virus is likely to be circulating.

Certain groups that should not be vaccinated are:

Children under six months of age, people who have egg allergies or a reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine and people with GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome)

The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so the risk of a flu shot causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. However, a vaccine, like any medicine, may rarely cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. Almost all people who get influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it.

What are the side effects that could occur?

Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fever (low grade),or aches.

If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last one to two days.

If you would like to read more on the flu shot, I recommend these sites:

Its Your Health at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/iyh-vsv/diseases-maladies/flu-grippe_e.html

CCIAP at http://www.immunize.cpha.ca/english/influen1.htm

Flu Clinic - Nov. 8 at the Brookside Curling Club

The Cinderella Program

We are pleased to announce that the Cinderella Program is off to a wonderful start. Donations are coming in and we have a number of very beautiful dresses. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the program can do so by calling Sara Bartlett at 251-2059 or Glenda Janes at 251-2631 All donations are greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Events

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the 25th Harvest of Song at the Joggins United Church, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.. Lunch and Fellowship to follow. Pam Harrison emcee, Entertainment Includes: Margie Patterson, Rodney and Joy Grey , Leah Killen, Gary Vickery, Bill Drysdale and organist Jimmy Scopie

Moving Sale Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3439 Barronsfield Road at the home of Francis and Jennie Legere

POP UP - Maggies Place would like to invite Children between the ages of zero to 6 years and their parents, to come and enjoy a weekly, two hour preschool playgroup. The playgroup meets to create art and participate in free play, songs, stories, rhymes, and games. This is a great place to meet other families in your community and have lots of fun. Call Maggies Place at 667-7250 for more information.

Birthday wishes to Tammy Richard, Josh Wood and Pam Harrison.

Organizations: ASA, Brookside Curling Club, Joggins United Church

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Maggies Place, 3439 Barronsfield Road

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Recent comments

  • francis
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    I would have to agree with the other two ladies about Miss Janes colume. I dont personaly know Glenda but I have read her colume, and I dont know any more about

    river Hebert after I read it than I did before readingit . I dont think that I would want to read this all the time. I would like to know what was happening in the community and who was ill than what was going on halfway around the world.

  • anne
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    Well here it is the fith of December and we are still reading about the wwar on flu in Glendas coloum from October. You do know that sometimes people only get the recent news on the computert and not in the paper. With the weather being bad it is so much easier to get on the computer for the news than it is to go 20 miles down the road for a paper.

    So would you please update the coloums more often,thankyou.

  • anne
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    here we go again! More garbage from our dear glenda. Please write about something that someone will actually read please.

  • anne
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    i think that glenda janes should write more about her community than stupid columns about government and flu shots.

  • anne
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    Please put some updated collums in tge paper this week. We look in the computer to get the latest news and find that there is the same thing as there was in October.Iwould like to see some new news please.

  • anne
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    i see that glendas colums are not getting any better. She should write more about things that happen in the community instead of things that realy dont matter to a lot of people.

  • ann
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    Hoorah for Glenda! She finally got it right. I was glad to see that she finally told us something about the community. If this keeps up more people may read her coloum.

  • anne
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    How come ther are no recent coloums by Glenda on the computer anymore? I am tired of rewading the same one every time I come to this site .Please update her coloums.

  • T
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    I think Anne Smith Needs to get a life and buy the newspaper if old columns bother her so much.

    Why don't you try writing a column if you think you can do better?

    You are one nasty person.

  • anne
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    i think that glenda janes should write more about her community than stupid columns about government and flu shots.

  • anne
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    I didnot think that I was that nasty. All I wanted to see was the recent colums of
    glendas is that to much to ask for?She has been doing such a good job that I thought it would be nice to see recent colums on the internet. If you could not get out to buy a paper would you not like to get them on the computer.

  • francis
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    I dont think that T Jones is being very fair to anne smith. I can see annes point about updateing the colums.
    there are somepeople who cant get out and buy a paper.
    expecialy in the winter. I think that she owes anne an appoligy.

  • Jane
    March 09, 2010 - 09:30

    I am sorry but I agree with Anne Smith about these colums from
    Glenda she should be writing about things that interest people from the area.