Response to H1N1

first_imgAs we look forward to 2010 and the work that still needs to be done in light of the H1N1 pandemic, I’d like to pause and take this opportunity to give thanks to the scores of people who have had a hand in the success of Nova Scotia’s response to the H1N1 pandemic to date. First and foremost, I’d like to thank Nova Scotians for their support and understanding as we continue to manage the H1N1 pandemic. I’d also like to thank those Nova Scotians who have stepped up to get vaccinated, and do their part to keep their communities, their families and themselves healthy. The people of this province are renowned for their caring nature and for coming together in difficult times. These last few months have certainly been no exception. Thousands of you have gotten vaccinated, and many of you have followed simple preventative measures to stay well. You’ve cared for sick family members and friends, and you’ve lent a helping hand to a sick neighbour. I’d also like to thank our public health staff, other health care workers and the volunteers – you’ve all done a tremendous job in preventing disease and providing care. These are dedicated individuals who have worked tirelessly in a continually evolving situation. Responding to H1N1 has kept them away from friends and families, in addition to their regular day-to-day work, yet they have remained committed to serving Nova Scotians. Thank you to communications teams across government, the media and other organizations such as municipal governments and business, for the role you played in getting clear, consistent and factual information to the general public. To employers across the province who were flexible with employees’ working hours and allowed their staff to get vaccinated, thank you. Giving the time needed to get immunized kept your employees healthy, and reduced the number of sick days used. And to those employers who held workplace clinics, thank you for your proactive efforts to keep your work environment healthy. The latest information shows that over 50 per cent of Nova Scotians have already been vaccinated. While we are pleased with the number of people who have taken the time to get immunized, the pandemic is not over yet. Our efforts will continue into the new year to prevent another possible wave of H1N1 activity. For those who have yet to be vaccinated, please consider doing so over the holidays, or in the new year. Remember, aside from public clinics and workplace clinics, vaccine is available in most physician offices across the province. It is a privilege to serve the people of Nova Scotia, and I look forward to leading the pandemic response into the new year. I wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas, and a safe new year. To view a holiday message from Dr. Strang, visit . -30-last_img read more