H1N1 "could test all of us" this fall

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq warns MDs

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq told the Canadian medical community to brace for an expected surge in H1N1 cases this fall. “What may come this fall is something that could test all of us, possibly to a limit we’ve never experienced,” she said at the Canadian Medical Association’s annual meeting in Saskatoon today. She announced that Ottawa will have a vaccine ready for November, but was unclear about an implementation plan. Agluakkq touched upon the medical isotope shortage saying the topic will likely be discussed at the September provincial-territorial meeting of health ministers in Winnipeg. She added that in the meantime, research into alternative medical isotopes and diagnostic techniques are key.

The Vancouver Sun

The Canadian Press

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