Canadian Province To Spend CAD $ 2 Million On A Deadly Disease

Thursday, February 3, 2011 5:28
Posted in category Heart Diseases, health

Alberta, the Canadian city, has planned to spend CAD$ 2 million this year to vaccinate teenagers against bacterial meningitis. This plan has come in a bid to slash the hundreds of illnesses and dozens of deaths, which were caused by the deadly disease in last 10 years.

Public health nurses hope to inoculate up to 40,000 Grade 9 students through school-based camps & clinics in the coming 5 months.

Alberta’s CMO health, Dr. Andre Corriveau, said “we’re purchasing insurance against a very dreadful illness at a cost we feel we can afford.”

The stated city has reported 280 cases and 26 deaths from this deadly meningococcal disease in the last 10 years.

While a mass inoculation of young person and a regular infant immunization course begun in the wake of a 1999 epidemic has reduced meningitis C cases considerably, Dr. Corriveau also said that there has been a recent rise in people affected by the Y and W-135 strains.

Starting this month, Alberta’s youngsters will get the medicated needle in their arm, which will guard them against four strains of the deadly disease, which are A, C, Y and W-135. Apart from this, the actual price per dose is almost double the amount of the vaccine that shields against the C variety alone.

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