With all of the hype in the media, social networks, and the legislature as well I have about had enough on the topic of H1N1.
The bottom line of it is the GOA could have done much better on the administering of the H1N1 vaccinations. It also could have been much worse. Not knowing how the turnout will be for a mass inoculation the GOA erred on the side of caution and set up too few clinics. I live in a town of over 12000 and have to drive to the city for the shot, to me it is ridiculous but then again it puts me out so of course I would say that. Is the wait in the lines too long? I couldn't say as I remember waiting much longer to make sure my daughter could receive a Wii for Christmas not too long ago, certainly this shot is more important. Is the flu as bad as they say or predict it will be? Who knows, I know the shot is no charge and is safe so I am sure we will get it done.
The things I think could have been improved on is that the GOA say the youth are most at risk, so why not supply the shot in the schools. If there is K-5 in a school it would cover from roughly 5 yrs to 10yrs age groups. If they implemented this there would be a lot less children standing in the cold and probably many that are not high risk waiting to receive the shot. If I have to wait to have the kids done I am sure going to get mine while I am there. Many pharmacists give the normal flu shot, so make this available to them as well. Pregnant women should be able to go to their family doctors and gynecologists to receive the shot, they already are there to receive the treatment. Just some of the random thoughts that have gone through my head on the issue. There are so many other avenues available to us.
As for the skeptics, why criticize them? If they do not want the shot, oh well, it harms only them and their families if the pandemic is as bad as they claim. I would say that the fear mongering by the media and opposition parties is getting to the point of ridiculous, I would be interested if the media did a comparison on the number of deaths this year on H1N1 vs the seasonal flu. I think the numbers would be similar. I personally am skeptical of how much of a pandemic this is, however I will treat it as the worst case scenario. If something were to happen to my children because of my personal skepticism, it would be a burden I wouldn't want to carry.
In the end our GOA took a short cut and it bit them in the ass. The rate they are giving the shot it would take 100 days to administer, providing they did not run out of medication. This would take us out of the flu season. Nurses have been run off their feet to accomodate this. They claim they did not think this many people would be wanting it so soon. This many? As of yesterday I believe that 3% of the city had received the shot. What number did you expect? You have been telling us the importance of the shot for well over a month. I agree this was all poorly planned out, no consideration given to seniors, children, and pregnant women as far as the line ups were concerned. They have been out in the elements, no facilities or places to sit, but hey we will provide a shot for every Albertan. According to Liepert this is what counts.
Watching Ron Liepert dance around the questions at the Leg has been enjoyable though, as some very well thought out questions have been tossed his way. His arrogance is evident with the responses he has (or doesn't more so). The GOA needs to be held accountable for the lack of preparation and consideration on this, and you Mr. Liepert are the man. Your arrogance confirms how out of sync you are with Albertans and the questions they have. The opposition may ask them but we all want to know the answers. Keep doing your dance Minister, your time is limited.
Ron Liepert was on Rutherford today stating the most at risk are under 5 years of age and pregnant women. If these are the at risk groups they should be the first to get the vaccine but only after our front line health workers and essential service employees receive it. Mr. Liepert says that the GOA will not decide who can and can not receive the vaccine first, it is assinine comments like this that prove that he has no clue. Liepert admits there is limited doses available which makes his inaction on ensuring the most at risk are first to the point of liable IMAO. Our government's job is to ensure the safety of Albertans, and if those who are not high risk get pissed because they are not first in line, oh well. The GOA has to stop their practice of trying to please everyone, and do the job of making the hard choices that need to be made. The WHO released brifing note 14 on the pandemic today with this stat I found interesting:
" Globally, teenagers and young adults continue to account for the majority of cases, with rates of hospitalization highest in very young children. Between 1% to 10% of patients with clinical illness require hospitalization.
Of hospitalized patients, from 10% to 25% require admission to an intensive care unit, and from 2% to 9% have a fatal outcome.
Overall, from 7% to 10% of all hospitalized patients are pregnant women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. Pregnant women are ten times more likely to need care in an intensive care unit when compared with the general population."
The full report can be found here.
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