Monday, December 20, 2004

National Health Party of Canada

Apparently, two out of three people in Canada haven't lined up for their government recommended flu shot. This is especially perplexing to the experts, taking into consideration the billions of dollars spent on propaganda campaigns to sway public opinion and on free vaccination clinics.

"A while ago everybody was talking about the flu shot as if there wasn't enough to go around, that would be a major problem," pollster Bruce Anderson said.

"But there is enough (vaccine) here and the majority aren't doing anything about it," he said. "Governments have been promoting this, in some cases it's free, the flu is a pretty common feature of the Canadian winter -- and here we are heading into the season and still a majority haven't got it and aren't planning on it."

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But Statistics Canada found 25.8 per cent of Canadians got a flu shot in 2001, and 26.6 per cent in 2003, suggesting the public information campaign is having a modest effect.

The trend is "directionally correct, but it's certainly underwhelming," said Dr. Mary Vearncombe, medical director of infectious diseases at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital.

"From my point of view, it's depressing. I'd like to see a much broader uptake in the general population, something closer to 70 per cent."

Ontario is the largest jurisdiction in the world to offer free vaccine to all residents, and the province's 44 per cent inoculation rate was the highest by a wide margin in the Decima survey. Atlantic Canada was next at 35 per cent, with the other provinces in the mid to high 20s.

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care has recommended Canada become the first country to vaccinate all residents older than six months.

Your body does not belong to you, according to the health experts. Is the task force suggesting that vaccinations be forced onto residents older than six months - how else are we to understand their recommendation?