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article imageTV and radio ads encourage Canadians to get their H1N1 shot

By Ken Wightman     Dec 10, 2009 in Health
Despite a drop in the reported H1N1 cases, Canada's first chief public health officer says millions of Canadians need to be vaccinated against the pandemic influenza. To get the word out, a TV and radio ad campaign is being launched.
Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada's first chief public health officer, says critics are wrong to suggest vaccination against the H1N1 pandemic virus is no longer necessary because the worst waves of influenza activity have passed.
At this time, from 30 percent to 40 percent of Canadians have been immunized against H1N1 according to Butler-Jones, but he believes millions more should receive the shot.
Butler-Jones told reporters Wednesday:
“There are critics who believe that vaccination plans should not continue. Unfortunately, there are Canadians who are denying themselves the benefits of immunization because they believe that we’ve reached a critical mass of our population with immunity,” he said.
“I question that logic. The whole point of medical and public health efforts is to improve health and reduce illness and suffering.”
Even though the weekly influenza numbers are reflecting a lessening of flu activity, Butler-Jones pointed out that the 1957-58 flu showed a late December, January and February surge. He cautioned against declaring that the worst of the pandemic, as it affects Canada, has passed.
But the worst of the long lines of people, seeking vaccinations and forced to wait for hours in the winter cold, may be passed as the vaccine is now available at many doctors' offices and at more and more temporary workplace clinics.
To make Canadians aware that H1N1 is still a threat, the Public Health Agency of Canada has TV and radio spots about to hit the airwaves encouraging Canadians to get vaccinated.
One ad features Butler-Jones himself assuring Canadians that the vaccine is a safe and effective way to be protected from the H1N1 flu virus. To view the ads, click on this link.
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