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Residents line up for flu shots

 

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The first seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccination clinics in Drumheller began on Tuesday, October 27 at the Drumheller Health Centre. Judging by the parking on site, residents were eager to  get in line to protect themselves this flu season as a rough count of 200 cars crowded the area. Clinics continue today, October 28 at the Drumheller Health Centre and November 3, 4, 17, 18 and 25, and December 2, 8 and 9 at The Church of the Nazarene. Clinics are from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Alberta has enough vaccine for every Albertan who needs and wants to be immunized. Those who need it most should get it as early as possible. Those who will benefit most from immunization include: People under 65 with chronic health conditions and their caregivers; Pregnant women; Children six months to less than five years of age and their caregivers; People living in remote and isolated settings or communities; Health care workers involved in pandemic response or the delivery of essential health care services; Household contacts and care providers of persons at high risk who cannot be immunized or may not respond to vaccines.


Inmate hospitalized following assault

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    Drumheller RCMP are investigating an assault that left one inmate unconscious and led to the Drumheller Institution being locked down last week.
 On Tuesday, October 20 at about 8:30 p.m. the RCMP attended to the Drumheller Institution following a complaint of an assault.
    One inmate was found unconscious outside the exercise area. He had several injuries to his face and head area. He was immediately transported to the Drumheller Health Centre and then to a hospital in Calgary via ambulance.
    The Drumheller Institution went under a lockdown to facilitate investigations by the RCMP and Corrections Service Canada.
    As of Thursday October 22, the inmate was reported as being in serious but stable condition.
    The investigation to identify the assailant and the motive for the assault  continues. The inmate had arrived at the institution the same day he was assaulted.
    Investigators believe this assault may be related to other incidents at other facilities.

Flu shot clinics underway

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    It’s that time of year again to roll up your sleeve and take one in the arm to battle the flu.
    Two clinics in Drumheller are coming up for the seasonal flu vaccination. They are on Tuesday, October 27, and Wednesday, October 28, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Drumheller Health Centre. The H1N1 vaccine is available on Tuesday and Wednesday October 27 and 28 a the Drumheller Health Centre and November 3 and 4 at the Church of the Nazarene.
    Alberta Health Services recommends immunization for  people 65 or older, and living in a group setting such as continuing care or designated assisted living.
    Other people who may consider being immunized include an adult or child with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women or healthy children between the ages of 6 months and 23 months. Also if you are living in a household with any of these identifiable groups, you may consider the flu shot.
    Other area clinics include the Delia Hall on November 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rockyford Friendships Centre on October 29  from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Morrin Community Centre on November 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Carbon Baptist Church on November 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    On Wednesday, October 21 the federal government approved a vaccine for the H1N1 influenza and says the vaccine is available in Alberta on  October 26.

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