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Immunization begins battle to beat flu bug 2014

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Riverside Value Drug Mart intern Jocelyn Turenne provides a flu shot to Darlene Martin. Alberta Health is encouraging Albertans to get immunized early, estimating it takes about two weeks after receiving the influenza immunization to be fully protected.
mailphoto by Michele Scott.

    
    The province’s program to help protect Albertans battle to beat the flu bug began Monday, October 20.
    All the pharmacies in Drumheller appeared to start off the week doing a brisk business in providing the flu vaccinations.
    The province is offering free influenza vaccinations to all Albertans ages six months and older.
    Don’t forget to take your Alberta Health Care Card with you whereever you decide to get vaccinated.
    The Drumheller Health Centre is holding two open clinics, Tuesday, October 21, and Wednesday, October 22, both days from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Public Health will have the injectible vaccine, as well as the FluMist nasal spray vaccine for those up to age 17.
    The clinics will be held in Conference Room 1 in Community Health, which can be accessed through the Community Education Doors or the hospital’s main entrance. No appointment is necessary.
    Riverside Value Drug Mart has two walk in clinics: Monday October 20 and Wednesday October 22, both days from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    If those clinics times don’t work, phone Riverside at (403) 823-3784 to book an appointment.
    Pat Doyle, Pharmacist with Anderson Drugs at Freson Bros., said they’re already booked past October 24, and welcomes people to call (403) 823-2670 to make an appointment, or stop by the pharmacy.
    Pharmacist Natalie Gincher at Shoppers Drug Mart said no appointment is needed, people are welcome to drop by anytime for their flu shot. Those who prefer to book an appointment can call the pharmacy at (403) 823-5955, ext 33.
    “Canada Health expects an early flu and quite a hit,” said Gincher, “so seniors, children, and people with lowered immunity are recommended to get the shot.”
    Extra Foods pharmacist Ernalyn Salarda also started flu clinics Monday. Shots are available on a drop-in basis daily during pharmacy hours. Those wishing to book an appointment can call the Extra Foods pharmacy at (403) 823-3487 ext 324 or 325.
    WalMart pharmacist Marigold Vera recommends people call ahead to make an appointment if they’d like to receive their flu shot there. The pharmacy will be holding flu clinics October 23 and October 28, all day. Call the pharmacy directly at (403) 820-7741.
    The Acme Community Centre has a vaccination clinic scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    A flu vaccination clinic is scheduled at the Trochu Community Centre for Thursday, October 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and again December 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Check the Alberta Health Service notice on Page A4 for more influenza vaccination clinic dates and locations.
    According to Alberta Health Services, over 1,200 Albertans were hospitalized and thirty died due to influenza during the last flu season.
    For more information, visit http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/influenza or call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-5465.

Drumheller Institution in lockdown following assault

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On October 20, 2014, at about 1:10 p.m. an inmate was found to have been victim of an assault in the medium security unit at Drumheller Institution. The injured inmate was immediately evaluated by staff members and transported to an outside hospital to receive treatment.

The Drumheller detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the institution are presently investigating the incident.

No staff members or other inmates were injured during this incident.

The assailant has been identified and the appropriate actions have been taken.

The Warden has ordered a lockdown and an exceptional search of the medium security unit. Normal operations will resume when it is considered safe to do so.

Visits have been suspended until the search is completed.

The safety and security of institutions, their staff and the public remains the highest priority in the operations of the federal correctional system.

 

Flu shots now available

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Drumheller Pharmacist Ray Ainsough administers the 'flu vaccination.

 

The province’s program to help protect Albertans against the 'flu began Monday, October 20.
    The province is offering free influenza vaccinations to all Albertans ages six months and older. Don't forget to take your Alberta Health Care Card with you.
    The Drumheller Health Centre is holding two open clinics on Tuesday, October 21, and Wednesday, October 22, both days from 1 to 7 p.m.
    The clinics will be held in Conference Room 1 in Community Health, which can be accessed through the Community Education Doors or the hospital’s main entrance. No appointment is necessary. 

   Drumheller pharmacies also have the flu shots available.
    Riverside Value Drug Mart has two walk in clinics: Monday October 20 and Wednesday October 22, both days from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    If those clinics don’t work, phone Riverside at (403)823-3784 to book a time,
    Pat Doyle, Pharmacist with Anderson Drugs at Freson Bros, said they’re already booked to October 24, and welcomes people to call (403)823-2670 to make an appointment, or they can drop by the pharmacy.
    Pharmacist Natalie Gincher at Shoppers Drug Mart said no appointment is needed, people are welcome to drop by anytime for a flu shot. Those who prefer to book an appointment can call the pharmacy at (403)823-5955, ext 33.
    “Canada Health expects an early flu and quite a hit,” said Gincher, “so seniors, children, and people with lowered immunity are recommended.”