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Whitehorse Star

HQ Phone: (867) 668-2002

Whitehorse Star

2149 2Nd Avenue

Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1C5

Canada

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Employment History

Chief Medical Officer of Health

Government of Yukon

Education

MD

University of Alberta

Masters
Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Masters degree
Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

diploma
Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
University of Liverpool

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It is 100 times more powerful than morphine, meaning the equivalent of a few grains of salt can be deadly, Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon's chief medical officer of health, told the Star today.
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Everything in the body slows down, Hanley noted, to the point a person will stop breathing.
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But in the past decades, doctors have prescribed many more opiates for non-cancer chronic pain, Hanley said.
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"People who are addicted to opioid drugs are urged to seek help and information through their doctor or nurse, or through supporting agencies such as Alcohol and Drug Services, Many Rivers or Blood Ties Four Directions Yukon," Hanley said.
He advised opioid drug users to have a sober buddy when using and to abide by the following rules
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"Early symptoms of an overdose include trouble walking or talking, slow, laboured breathing, slow heartbeat, cold, clammy skin and severe sleepiness," Hanley said.


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Any Whitehorse residents planning to get the annual flu vaccine this year are out of luck, for now.
Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon's chief medical officer of health, announced Friday afternoon that flu clinics in the capital are closed until further notice after running out of the vaccine.
While the numbers still have to be tallied, Hanley estimates about 9,000 vaccines have been provided in the territory this season.
With the information system for the flu vaccine down for a short period last week, Hanley said, exact figures are still being calculated.
"As predicted, Whitehorse has run out of vaccine, if a little sooner than anticipated," Hanley said in a statement.
"This means that Yukoners have stepped forward to achieve an unprecedented rate of immunization against seasonal influenza. In turn, we will see better protection for those who can't, won't or are unable to obtain vaccination for now."
This morning, Hanley said a total of 8,400 vaccines were ordered for the territory, along with 600 flu mists. A further 200 mists arrived in the territory last week.
In the communities outside Whitehorse, health centres are operating as usual. They have some vaccines available after already sending Whitehorse "all the doses they could spare."
As Hanley noted, vaccine doses for each jurisdiction are ordered based on the number of people who received the vaccine in previous years.
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Hanley said "kudos" to the staff working at the clinic who kept wait times as short as possible and ran things efficiently.
Despite the high demand for the vaccine, long waiting times and a few who were turned away, Hanley said there didn't seem to be any sense of panic among those at Friday's clinics.
Perhaps next year, he said, people will consider getting vaccinated earlier in the season.
An estimated 400 came through the health centre for the vaccine on Friday.
Another flu clinic was held at the Kwanlin Dun Health Centre, but numbers for that clinic have not come through yet.
Hanley acknowledged those who were planning to get the vaccine and now may be frustrated.
"We are working with Public Health Agency of Canada to obtain more doses, but so is every other jurisdiction in Canada," Hanley said
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While some jurisdictions such as the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan are providing the vaccine on a priority basis, Hanley said that hasn't, and isn't likely to happen in the Yukon.
In many cases, he said, the flu is affecting younger and middle-aged adults with underlying medical conditions and in prioritizing people, there could be some who would be missed.
He also noted that the vaccine has been available in the territory since October 2013, so many have already been vaccinated who may have medical conditions or other specific reasons for getting the vaccine.
As residents wait for more vaccines and the next flu clinic, he said, people can take comfort in the high rate of immunization in Whitehorse as well as the fact that anyone who received a flu shot since 2009 or who had H1N1 influenza previously will be "at least partially protected,"
Hanley is also reminding Yukoners they can also protect themselves with "good health practices."
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Three people have been hospitalized with the flu, though Hanley said he could not provide details on those cases.


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Brendan Hanley, the territory's chief medical officer of health, said he supports pharmacists having expanded roles as health care providers. However, he said, there are a number of factors to be considered.
"There could be a role," he said. "We would have to be careful how we integrate pharmacists into the system."
As he explained, there is already a good monitoring system in place to keep track of vaccines as well as patient information.
He pointed out that having vaccines administered primarily through public health (with the exception of the flu vaccine being available through some doctors who submit their information to public heath) means it's easy to find out if a patient should have additional vaccinations like a tetanus shot or any shots that may have been missed previously.
He also noted that there's an evaluation done on travel vaccinations, looking at individual circumstances - where someone is travelling, the length of the stay, season of travel and so on - when assessing what travel vaccinations a person may need.
If pharmacists were to provide travel vaccinations, it would be important that sort of evaluation would continue.
Hanley is cautious about having vaccinations provided at pharmacies in the territory.
He also suggested that should it be determined there's a need with careful planning, it is a possibility.
"There certainly are ways to do that," he said.


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