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                                                                                        October 2017
     Every year, the flu season in Manitoba begins in late fall and usually lasts until spring.  This year flu vaccine will be available free of charge to all Manitobans.  It offers protection against four flu virus strains, including the H1N1 strain. Prairie Mountain Health launches its flu campaign mid October. Watch for ads and posters in your home community advertising flu clinic dates and locations. Check out Prairie Mountain Health and our Facebook and Twitter page for all clinic date information!

What is the Flu and How is it Spread?
     The flu is not a stomach virus, nor is it the common cold.  The flu is a respiratory virus, and it is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can also get the flu when a person touches a surface with flu virus on it and then touches his or her nose, mouth, or eyes.
     The flu is very contagious, and people can spread the virus before they show any symptoms.  Some people will not have symptoms, but can carry the virus and spread it to others.  The flu can lead to serious complications such as bacterial infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, and kidney or heart failure.


What is the Flu Vaccine?
     For most people, the flu vaccine is given as a needle in the arm.  Healthy children, 2 to 17 years of age can also receive a spray that is put inside the nose (FluMist®). All flu vaccines are approved by Health Canada and will be provided at no charge to Manitobans.
     Every year, scientists monitor the global spread of flu and decide what flu viruses will most likely cause widespread illness. 


Why Do I Need A Flu Shot Every Year?
     Because flu viruses change over time, each year a new flu vaccine has to be developed.  Getting vaccinated helps your body recognize the flu viruses so it can protect you. The protection offered by a flu shot will also decrease over time, so it is very important to get a flu shot every year.

Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?
     The flu vaccine is recommended for all Manitobans over 6 months of age
     Some people are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu.  The flu vaccine is strongly recommended for the following individuals:  children age 6 months to 59 months, those with a chronic illness, seniors aged 65 years or older, healthy pregnant women, residents of personal care homes or long- term care facilities, health care workers and first responders, individuals of Aboriginal ancestry, and people who are severely overweight or obese. The flu vaccine is also recommended for household contacts or caregivers of these people.
 

Are There Any Side Effects?
     Vaccines are known to be very safe. It is much safer to get the flu vaccine than to get the flu. The most common side effect of the injectable flu vaccine is redness, soreness, and swelling where the needle was given.  Some people will experience muscle aches or fever, lasting 1-2 days.  With the intranasal flu vaccine, the most common side effects are a runny nose or nasal congestion. 

New in 2017
     Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) will be offering a High-Dose seasonal influenza vaccine for residents of Personal Care Homes (PCHs) aged 65 years and older this flu season. Residents of PCHs 65 years of age and older are at higher risk of complications from influenza, and the immune response to the flu vaccine in this population is thought to be less effective than that seen in younger clients. Therefore, a High-Dose flu vaccine is being offered to these individuals in order to elicit a stronger and more effective immune response. 
     The High-Dose vaccine may result in higher rates of local reactions compared to standard dose influenza vaccine, but they are expected to last only two to three days and rarely interfere with normal activities. Fluzone® High-Dose has been authorized for use in Canada since 2015.


How do I Find out More Information about the Flu?
     You can contact your local public health office, nurse practitioner, pharmacy, or physician clinic. You can also visit Manitoba Health for more information on the flu and to find flu clinics in your area.

References:  Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living & Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on Influenza and Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2017-2018

 
CLINIC DATES IN PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN HEALTH (North)
No appointment necessary with the EXCEPTION of ALL Swan River clinics and
 SELECT Dauphin clinics. Check the schedule below for those dates.
Make an appointment call: 1-877-646-3888 (Starting October 11th)
Central District
Town Date Time Location
Dauphin Mon. October 23 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dauphin Community Health Office
appointment needed call 1-877-646-3888
Dauphin Wed. November 1  2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dauphin Seniors Multi-Purpose Centre
Dauphin Mon. November 6 9 a.m. to Noon
 
Dauphin Community Health Office
appointment needed call 1-877-646-3888
Dauphin Wed. November 8 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Dauphin Community Health Office
appointment needed call 1-877-646-3888
Dauphin Thurs. November 9 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 
Dauphin Seniors Multi-Purpose Centre
Dauphin Wed. November 15 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dauphin Community Health Office
appointment needed call 1-877-646-3888
Ethelbert Fri. November 3  9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ethelbert Senior Citizens Club (9-1st – St. E.)
Pine River Thurs. November 2 10 a.m. to Noon Pine River Community Health Office
Winnipegosis Tues. November 7  9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winnipegosis New Horizon Centre
 
East District
Alonsa Wed. October 25     10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Alonsa Community Health Service Office
Crane River Tues. November 7 Noon to 1:30 p.m. Crane River Community Health Office
Mallard Wed. October 25   1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Mallard Community Council Building
McCreary Thurs. November 2   11 a.m. to 1 p.m. McCreary Community Centre
McCreary Wed. November 8 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. McCreary Community Health Office
Meadow Portage Mon. October 23   2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meadow Portage Community Hall
Rorketon Thurs. November 9 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rorketon – Lawrence Community Centre
Spence Lake Mon. October 23 9 a.m. to Noon Spence Lake Admin Building
Ste. Rose Thurs. October 26 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ste. Rose Arena
Ste. Rose Wed. November 1 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ste. Rose Primary Health Care Centre
Waterhen Tues. October 24 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Waterhen Community Health Services Office
West District      
Gilbert Plains Tues. November 14 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gilbert Plains Drop In Centre
Grandview Wed. November 1 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kinsmen Community Centre
Roblin Wed. October 25 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Roblin Community Centre
       
North District      
Barrows Mon. November 6 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Barrows Administration Building
Benito Wed. November 8 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Benito Primary Health Care Centre
Birch River Thurs. November 2 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Birch River School
Bowsman Thurs. October 26  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bowsman Legion Hall
Camperville Tues. October 17  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camperville Primary Health Centre
Duck Bay Mon. October 23   10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Duck Bay Community Health Office
Mafeking Thurs. November 2 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mafeking Legion Hall
Minitonas Wed. October 25 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Minitonas Town Hall
Swan River Mon. October 23  9 a.m. to Noon
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Swan River Public Health Office
appointment needed call 1-877-646-3888
Swan River Fri. October 27 9 a.m. to Noon
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Swan River Public Health Office
appointment needed call 1-877-646-3888
Swan River Mon. October 30  9 a.m. to Noon
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Swan River Public Health Office
appointment needed call 1-877-646-3888
Swan River Wed. November 1   1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Swan River Public Health Office
appointment needed call 1-877-646-3888
Swan River Mon. November 6  9 a.m. to Noon
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Swan River Public Health Office
appointment needed call 1-877-646-3888
Swan River Tues. November 7 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Swan River Public Health Office
appointment needed call 1-877-646-3888
Wuskwi Sipihk Thurs. November 2 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wuskwi Sipihk Hall
For information about flu clinics at Elderly Personal Housing (EPH) call your local public health office:
West District 204-937-2151                                                        North District 204-734-6603
East District 204-447-4080                                                          Central District 204-638-2118
 
CLINIC DATES IN PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN HEALTH (Brandon)
No appointment needed.  Please bring your Manitoba Health Card.
 
Date Time Location
Saturday, October 21 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nurses Residence Gym, BRHC
150 McTavish Ave. E.
Monday, October 23 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nurses Residence Gym, BRHC
150 McTavish Ave. E.
Tuesday, October 24 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nurses Residence Gym, BRHC
150 McTavish Ave. E.
Wednesday, October 25 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nurses Residence Gym, BRHC
150 McTavish Ave. E.

NOTE: FREE PARKING IN FRONT LOT
AT BRANDON REGIONAL HEALTH CENTRE FOR CLINICS
 
CLINIC DATES IN PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN HEALTH (South)
Appointment needed call:  1-877-646-3888 (Starting October 11th)
Walk Ins May Be Available
Town Date Time Location
Baldur Thurs. October  26 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Baldur Hall (142 First St)
Belmont Tues. November 14 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Belmont Community Hall
Binscarth Thurs. November 2 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Binscarth Drop In Centre (47 Russell St)
Birtle Tues. November 7 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Birtle Community Hall (160 Centre St)
Boissevain #1 Thurs. November 2 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mennonite Brethren Church (700 Aikman St.)
Boissevain #2 Thurs. November 16 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mennonite Brethren Church
Carberry #1 Mon. October 23 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carberry Community Hall (224-2nd Ave)
Carberry #2 Thurs. November 9 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Carberry Community Hall
Cartwright Thurs. November 9 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cartwright Centennial Hall (575 Vetrans Dr.)
Cypress River Mon. October 30 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cypress River Memorial Hall (149 Railway)
Deloraine Tues. November 7 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Harvest Community Church (403 Mountain St)
Elkhorn Mon. October 30 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Elkhorn Medical Clinic (12 Antrim St)
Erickson Mon. November 6 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Erickson Legion Hall (30-1st St)
Foxwarren Wed. November 1 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Foxwarren Leisure Centre (312 Webster Ave)
Glenboro Tues. November 7 1 p.m.to 7 p.m. Glenboro Raystone Centre (214 Broadway St)
Glenella Thurs. October 26 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Glenvilla Senior Centre (100 Main St)
Hamiota #1 Tues. October 24 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hamiota Community Hall (50-4th St SE)
Hamiota #2 Tues. November 14 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hamiota Community Hall
Hartney Tues. November 14 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hartney Civic Centre (209 Airdrie St)
Holland Tues. October 24 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Holland Community Hall
Inglis Fri. November 17 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Inglis School Gym  
Kenton Wed. November 8 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Kenton Memorial Hall (219 Cornwall St)
Killarney #1 Wed. November 1 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shamrock Centre
Killarney #2 Fri. November 17 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shamrock Centre
Melita Thurs. October 26 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Melita Legion Hall (95 Main St)
Miniota Mon. October 30 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Miniota Community Hall (568 Miniota Rd)
Minnedosa #1 Thurs. November 2 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Minnedosa Conference Centre (63 Main St N)
Minnedosa #2 Tues. November 14 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Minnedosa Conference Centre
Minto Mon. November 6 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Minto Community Hall (220 South Railway St)
Neepawa #1 Mon. October 30 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Neepawa Legion Hall (425 Brown Ave)
Neepawa #2 Fri. November 3 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Neepawa Legion Hall
Neepawa #3 Wed. November 8 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Neepawa Legion Hall
Neepawa #4 Wed. November 15 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Neepawa Legion Hall
Neepawa #5 Mon. November 20 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Neepawa Legion Hall
Ninette Fri. October 27 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ninette Hall (158 Queen St. N)
Oak Lake Mon. October 23 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Legion Hall (291 Assiniboine St. W)
Oak River Thurs. November 16 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oakdale Seniors Home (30 North Railway St)
Pierson Wed. November 1 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Pierson Hall (4 Elva St)
Rapid City Mon. November 20 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Rapid City Valleyview Senior Centre
Rathwell Wed. November 15 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rathwell Hall
Reston Mon. November 20 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Reston R.E.S. Centre  
Rivers #1 Thurs. October 26 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Riverdale Community Centre
Rivers #2 Thurs. November 9 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Riverdale Community Centre
Rossburn Wed. November 22 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Community Hall
Russell #1 Mon. October 23 1 p.m. to 7 p.m George P. Buleziuk Centre  
Russell#2 Mon. November 6 1 p.m. to 7 p.m George P. Buleziuk Centre  
Sandy Lake Fri. October 27 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop In Centre
Shoal Lake Wed. November 15 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Community Hall (315 The Drive)
Souris Wed. November 8 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Souris Community Hall (30-3rd Ave N)
St. Lazare Wed. October 25 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Fort Ellice Leisure Centre (319 Main St)
Strathclair Tues. November 21 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Municipal Hall (120 Minnedosa St)
Treherne Fri. October 20 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Treherne High School (376 South S)
Virden #1 Fri. November 3 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sacred Heart Parish Hall (481 Queen St)
Virden #2 Mon. November 6 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Sacred Heart Parish Hall
Virden #3 Thurs. November 16 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Sacred Heart Parish Hall
Waskada Wed. November 15 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Waskada Community Rink
Wawanesa Wed. October 25 1 p.m. to 7 p.m Wawanesa Hall (202-4th St)
Brandon Police Association Make a Difference for Sick Children
     Thank you to the Brandon Police Association for their donation in the amount of $3,000, representing golf tournament proceeds,  used to purchase police related toys and games for children in the Pediatrics Department at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. 2 Kiddie Kruzzers, complete with BPA decals and blue/red flashing lights, and a wide variety of bedside/take home police related toys and books will brighten the day for sick children who must be in hospital.
     In the photo, with the toy collection, are (L-R) Golf Tournament representative Mike Baranyk with BPA Executive members David Andrew, Kevin Loewen, Tammy Turner – BRHC Maternal/Child Care Team Manager, Cindy Buizer – BRHC Foundation Executive Director, with BPA Executive members Erin Mackay and Bruce Verhelst.
 
BRHC Crew Prepares Return to Nicaragua for ‘Operation Walk’
     Once again, a devoted crew from Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC) is preparing to ‘walk the walk’ by returning to volunteer their time and skill-sets for a humanitarian effort in Nicaragua from November 7-14th.  The four-person crew, led by Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Norman Klippenstein, will head to Managua, Nicaragua in November 2017 to join the Winnipeg-based Operation Walk Team ,which provides free knee replacement surgeries to those in need.  Joining him in the return misson are operating room nurses Rachelle Lesy and Stephanie Phillips.  Also taking part this year for the first time will be Registered Nurse Lisa Cobbe.
     Operation Walk is an initiative started in Los Angeles about 16 years ago by a philanthropic orthopaedic surgeon, providing joint replacements donated by product companies through volunteer surgical teams and supported by broad-based fundraising.  The volunteer medical humanitarian mission provides knee replacement surgery for patients in Nicaragua who otherwise would have little or no access to life –improving care for arthritis and other debilitating bone and joint conditions. The team consists of surgeons, physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses, physiotherapists, and medical technicians who all share a passion for helping those in need of orthopaedic care.
     In Nicaragua with a population of 6.5 million, only 600 joint replacements are performed a year with the majority being performed on paying patients. 
Winnipeg is the second Canadian Team to take part and has been travelling to Nicaragua each of the past six years.  This will be the second year that representatives from Brandon are taking part, and considerable funding for the endeavour is being raised through Brandon Regional Health Centre and other Westman initiatives.
     The goal in 2017 is to do 70 total knee replacements.  Most of the joint implants and medical supplies are all donated however, the Team relies on donors to help cover the cost to ship over 14,000lbs of medical supplies over 6000km to its destination.  It will cost approximately $200,000 to finance this year’s mission and it is the generosity of donors that makes this possible.  To find out more, or make a donation, go to Operation Walk.

Returning members of Operation Walk include, from left, Rachelle Lesy, Stephanie Phillips and Dr. Norman Klippenstein. A new member of the team, Lisa Cobbe,(third from left) will also make the trek this year.

The goal for Operation Walk in Nicaragua this year is to perform 70 total knee replacements.
 
 
DRHC Redevelopment Project Nearing Key Phase
        
    
Construction on the $23-million Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC) Redevelopment will soon be heading into a key project phase.  As renovation work has progressed throughout the spring and summer, project officials are now about a month away from opening the renovated Temporary Emergency Department (ED) / Special Care Unit (SCU) space. 
     The Temporary Emergency Department will soon result in some significant changes to the way people gain access to the hospital. Some of the most notable changes that will impact the general public when the Temporary Emergency Department opens (which is anticipated at the end of October) will include:
  • The complete closure of the DRHC front door entrance (off 3rd St. SW);
  • The closure of the front entrance vehicle ramp and walkway ramp to the general public;
  • The opening of a temporary hospital entrance for all public access. (Entrance will be located between the Hospital and Community Health Building — at the rear of the buildings);
  • Additional access to the hospital’s back parking lot, which has opened off Jackson Street. The new access will be the preferred entrance/exit to the parking lot, which will lead to the new temporary entrance of the hospital;
  • Changes to the general public and staff parking areas at the back of DRHC; and
  • General ‘way-finding’ within the hospital.
     Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) reminds you to watch for way-finding signage both inside and outside facilities which include the DRHC, Dauphin Community Health Building and Dauphin Personal Care Home.
     PMH remains committed to providing additional timely information as we get closer to critical change over dates that will impact all of our health partners, stakeholders, staff and the general public.
Temporary Emergency Department Renovations
Planned Temporary Entrance at back of DRHC
     Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness.
     One of MIAW’s major initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, a national outreach campaign featuring the stories, experiences, videos, and pics of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. Thousands of pieces of MIAW materials featuring the Faces are disseminated to hundreds of organizations across Canada in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness. 
     Get involved--Help share Mental Illness Awareness Week with your friends and followers? Below are some messages that you can share on social media. Remember to connect us #pmhmentalhealth as well.
  • This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week.  Join the conversation about mental health and #mentalillness and help raise awareness! #MIAW17
  • Did you know that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience #mentalillness in their lifetime? Help spread the word and join the conversation! #MIAW17
  • Help me spread the word about Mental Illness Awareness Week by tweeting #MIAW17!
  • Want to learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week? Click here #MIAW17
  • No one should have to feel alone on the road to recovery with #mentalillness.  Join the conversation today! #MIAW17
Light Up Purple for World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2017   
  • World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for continued global mental health awareness, education and advocacy. The theme for 2017 being ‘Mental health and the Workplace’ #pmhmentalhealth
  • On this day, October 10 – supporters gather to create more awareness and attention towards both mental health, mental illness and mental wellness. Mental health conditions affect the lives of many around the world daily. 
#pmhmental health challenges you, your business, workplace, school, community group, city, town, landmark or group to LIGHT UP PURPLE to recognize and promote more awareness about mental health on World Mental Health Day, October 10.   Find out a way to light up purple
PMH Hosts Medical Residents Retreat in Brandon
     Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) was the proud host of this year’s Family Medicine Resident Retreat which took place in Brandon on September 15-16, 2017. The weekend retreat started with a job fair on the Friday evening where Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) and clinics throughout the province were able to showcase their area to prospective physicians. PMH was fortunate to have many local physicians and community members participate in the event.
     There were 116 family medicine residents from all of the programs in Manitoba (Parkland, Brandon, Northern, Boundary Trails, Urban KMC, Urban FMC, Portage, Bilingual and Steinbach).
RHAs, as well as private clinics, electronic medical record (EMR) vendors, banking institutions, financial consultants and Doctors Manitoba were all sponsors of the retreat.
     Prairie Mountain Health met with many in attendance and discussed practice opportunities with residents and their spouses. PMH will continue communications with those that expressed an interest in rural medicine.
     The rest of the weekend had the residents taking part in group/ family activities that were planned by the chief residents and their committee as well as a Saturday night supper, provided by the host RHA.
     Many Winnipeg residents expressed surprise over the size and services available in Brandon.  It definitely provided them with a positive perspective of what is available in southwestern Manitoba.
Prairie Mountain Health hosted the provincial Family Medicine Resident Retreat in Brandon on September 15th and 16th.
Patient Safety Week Commences Soon
      Canadian Patient Safety Week (October 30- November 2, 2017) is Canada’s only national campaign to raise awareness of patient safety and related programs and initiatives. The week started in 2005 and is now an annual event to keep the issue of patient safety foremost in the minds of Canadians. The Canadian Patient Safety Institute sponsors the week as part of its national mandate to build and advance a safer health care system for Canadians. It aims to share information about best practices in patient safety with providers, patients and their families.
      The Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS) has endorsed the theme for this year’s Canadian Patient Safety Week which is: ‘Medication Safety’.  Medication safety is defined as freedom from preventable harm with medication use (ISMP Canada, 2007). Medication safety issues can impact health outcomes, length of stay in a health care facility, readmission rates, and overall costs to Canada's health care system.
     It’s important to stress that good health care starts with good communication.  Health-care providers, patients, their families and the public are encouraged to not just think it, but say it.  If something does not seem right, ask questions, listen to the answers and talk about your concerns.
     Created in 2004, the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety promotes, coordinates and facilitates activities that have a positive impact on patient safety throughout Manitoba while enhancing the quality of health care in Manitoba. The Institute’s patient safety initiatives like ‘It’s Safe To Ask’ have also been replicated across Canada and internationally.           
The MIPS website has some good resources available that features leading practices to improve patient safety.  MIPS helps empower patients and families to be engaged with their health-care team, to ask questions, to be informed and to take part in decision-making.  For additional tools, research and links for patients, families, and health care providers, visit MIPS
 – ASK questions, LISTEN to the answers, and TALK about any concerns you have—
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