Health

Interior Health urges public to fight influenza with a flu shot

IH says a flu shot is an effective way to help protect the public, especially children, pregnant women, seniors, people with chronic illnesses, and others who are most at risk from influenza and its complications.

Every year in Canada, about 12,200 people are hospitalized and 3,500 people die from influenza or its complications.
 
The public can help themself and those around stay healthy, prevent illness and potentially save lives in one easy step – by getting your annual flu shot.

Nelson Flu Vaccine Schedule

Castlegar Flu Vaccine Schedule

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans sued for putting wild salmon at risk

Wild salmon reach a spawming bed.

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is breaking the law by not testing B.C. farmed salmon for a virus that has spread like wildfire in Norway and Chile, before allowing them to be transferred into open-net ocean pens alongside wild fish.

A Plentiful Harvest

Conversations about food often include favorite meals and restaurants.  But in the Columbia Basin-Boundary food conversations are increasing and evolving, including discussions on local agriculture, food security, and related policies and plans. Food is a hot topic these days, and these conversations include a diversity of people, from farmers to community groups, local governments, and economic development agencies.

Public meeting Tuesday to discuss sale of Trail Smoke Eaters to US interests

Public meeting Tuesday to discuss sale of Trail Smoke Eaters to US interests

The sale of the Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL hockey team will be a fantastic boost for the community, according to Smoke Eaters president Tom Gawryletz. Despite the tremendous support of the Trail Smoke Eater Society, public volunteers and its staff, the future of the community-run hockey team remained uncertain, until now. The board of directors of the Trail Smoke Eaters have announced a public information session regarding the sale.

Editorial Musing: New MSP Premiums for 2017

Editorial Musing:  New MSP Premiums for 2017

How much do you pay for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)?  This year, if you're a single person who earned $21,900 (or so) last year ("adjusted net income"), you'll pay nothing  -- as long as you applied for Premium Assistance.

New legislation coming to address vaping products

Among youth and young adults, 20% reported having ever tried an e-cigarette.

Vaping isn't for everyone — including the Government of Canada.

On the Government website, the Canada's Federal Tobacco Control Strategy said there will be introduction of new tobacco legislation to address vaping products in Canada.

“Smoking tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada, affecting the well-being of all Canadians, including youth," said Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, confirming that the Government of Canada is moving forward on an extension of the Strategy to address vaping products.

Initial contracts awarded for support recovery beds

Initial contracts awarded for support recovery beds

Interior Health (IH) is pleased to announce five contracts have been awarded for the creation of 26 additional support recovery beds. These new beds will enhance mental health and substance use (MHSU) services throughout the B.C. Interior.

“More beds mean more people can get their lives back,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Bed by bed, we are following through on our commitment to create new substance use treatment beds, so families can be made whole again, and communities can benefit from engaged, healthy members.”

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Kudos to Castlegar cops during crisis

Kudos to Castlegar cops during crisis

An immediate response by the Castlegar RCMP may have contributed to a man surviving a dire medical situation this past Saturday in Castlegar.

Airline Emissions Are Flying Too High

Airline Emissions Are Flying Too High

In July, Solar Impulse 2 became the first airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. At the same time, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been working on electric planes. These developments mean air travel and transport could become more environmentally friendly, with less pollution and fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and planes would be quieter.

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