Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Important Information on Vaccines

Immunize your kids! The goal is to immunize as many people as possible before the end of the school year. The purpose, ultimately, is to reach an immunization rate of 95% as recommended.
I admire very much the work my colleague Minister of Health Adrian Dix is doing on the immunization file. He is launching a measles immunization catch-up program to help B.C. families ensure their children are protected from measles.The program will run from April through June 2019.
"With outbreaks of measles occurring globally and here in B.C., we know we will see threats of further outbreaks and can be doing more to raise immunization rates," said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. "That is why we are launching a catch-up program to immunize children from kindergarten to Grade 12 who have not previously been immunized against measles and to provide a dose for those who may not have received both doses.
Health authorities will deliver the program. The program will be made available in schools to children (from kindergarten to Grade 12), public-health units, community health centres and mobile community clinics in select regions. The program will be delivered similarly with some regional variations. By offering it in schools, public-health units and community health centres, the catch-up program is designed to make it simpler and stress-free for parents to ensure their children are adequately protected from measles. Pharmacists will also be part of the efforts to increase immunization rates.
"Safeguarding the health and well-being of children, staff and teachers who come into our classrooms and their family members at home is one of our highest priorities," said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. "The K-12 education system plays a critical role in raising awareness of the importance of childhood vaccines and increasing immunization rates. We are continuing to work across government, and with our education and health community partners, to help curb preventable outbreaks and increase student safety."
For this catch-up campaign, the Province is initially purchasing $3 million in vaccine - the equivalent of a one year supply of vaccine.
The catch-up program is the first step in government's two-phase plan to educate people about the importance of immunization and help them become aware of their immunization status. Offering the measles immunization catch-up program now will also help prepare parents for the mandatory reporting of vaccination status, which is planned for the fall of 2019.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Saanich Fire Department Unveils Centennial Truck!






In case you didn’t know, 2019 is Saanich Fire Department’s Centennial Year!!

100 years of keeping Saanich safe is definitely a legacy to be proud of and celebrate, and today the Department unveiled their Centennial Fire Engine to celebrate! As you can see, they’ve wrapped Engine No. 1 with photos from their first year of service, and on the other side are photos that are just
a bit more up-to-date!


I’m in Vancouver today to participate in the BC Tech Summit, but staff from my community office had a great time attending! Many thanks to Chief Burgess for his opening remarks and to Mayor Fred Haynes for his speech! I’m looking forward to celebrating this historic year at more upcoming events!



Monday, March 4, 2019

Claremont Musical Theatre Production starts soon!



Claremont High School’s Musical "The Addams Family" is opening on March 7th! The show runs nightly from March 7 – March 9, and again from March 13 – March 16 at 7 pm! There are also additional 1 pm matinees on March 9 and 16th! I know that everyone has been putting in a lot of work to make the production a success, and I’d encourage you to check it out if you can! Tickets are available by calling 250 658 6672.