Thursday, January 16th Commentary
It is Canada's worst infectious disease and yet some people ignore flu outbreaks every year, putting their lives and the lives of their loved ones at risk.
Here in Toronto there has been a big jump in confirmed cases of influenza
Toronto Public Health stats show that on Christmas Eve the number of confirmed cases for the season was 127.
As of a few days ago, that number had jumped to 528.
More than half the cases are the so-called Swine flu or H1N1, which has obviously mutated since its first arrival in 09 because now it seems to attack young and middle-aged adults the most...especially pregnant women and people considered to be obese.
You still have time to get a flu shot. It takes about two weeks for maximum protection.
For the life of me I have no idea why people don't get vaccinated, especially adults with kids or elderly parents. You are exposing yourself and your loved ones to a virus with no known cure, a virus that kills 35-hundred people a year in this country.
The power brokers at Pearson International have finally clued in....the fiasco at the airport January 7th cannot be allowed to stand.
The chairman of the board of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority Vijay Kanwar says and I'll quote "we are really sorry about the inconvenience faced by the passengers and we apologize for that and I can promise, going forward, we can and will do a better job."
The board has tasked management to quickly look at what happened and why and report back within 90 days on ways to improve things. Kanwar is looking for some immediate changes and beyond...things like faster, better information on the GTAA website instead of relying on the airport PA system to inform people standing in long lines. Kanwar is acknowledging that these days people access their information on their phones.