Volume 94, Issue 19
For the first time Western will be offering a mass flu immunization clinic.
This fall, all students, staff and faculty will be able to make use of this free service provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health.
Over 60 per cent of Ontario's population is expected to take the flu immunization before the end of the year, said Kristine Brown, an occupational health nurse at Western. She said the immunization clinic, held in the Health Service Resource Centre in the University Community Centre, will help ease the expected burden put on community ressources and family physicians having to perform the flu shot on top of their every day workload.
The clinic will be held on Oct. 17, 18 and 19 for high priority groups, she said. Included among these high priority groups are adults and children with chronic cardiac or pulmonary disorders and chronic medical conditions, all involved in long-term care facilities and hospitals and persons over the age of 65. Those not in high priority groups will be immunized in late November, she added.
A lesson in alcohol moderation came to Western from an unlikely source.
Labbatt Breweries held their second annual Pajama Jam at Western on Sept. 29 in The McKellar Room in the University Community Center.
The event was a six-hour, alcohol-free bash designed to educate students about the importance of moderation in alcohol consumption.
Sharon MacKay, director of public affairs for the brewery, said responsible drinking advice was the focus. "Not only the message is important but the frequency of the messaging is important also."
MacKay said she hopes warnings and advice are provided to students more often than just during Homecoming or Orientation Week. Pajama Jam events are run across Canada by an alcohol awareness organization called the Freshheads, she added.
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