November 2017 Newsletter
After exploring harvest fall, we will focus on Christmas celebration this month because we’ve found that the children start to be interested in the next celebration as a family. Children will also have the opportunities to explore winter season and learning about profession through a variety of activities, such as circle time, art and craft activities, Show & Tell, etc.
Notes from our Managing Director: Ms Alba
Hello Little Worlds Learning Center’s families, we can not believe Christmas is on the corner, October was a fantastic month, the temperature God allowed us to enjoyed our outdoor activity. It was so good for our little ones to run, clim, jump, blow bubbles, collect leaves and play on the sand box. We learned new vocabulary about harvest (vegetables and fruits) and Thanksgiving celebration, we were working with math concepts like grande (big), pequeno (small), igual (same), diferente (different), cerca (close), lejos (far), and we also learned new songs about the fruits and vegetables both in Spanish and English. In November we will be learning about winter season and professions, and we love if anyone of you want to come one day to share with us what your profession is and what do you do at work. We going to invited the fireman department and the policeman to come to our school and talk with our children about what they do and all the things they do for our community. Please contact us, if you are interested to come and share with the children about your profession.
In November we will be paying respect to our fallen soldiers, my son is part of the Royal Canadian Air cadets he will come to share with the children about this important commemoration for our country.
We would like to take this chance to welcome the new staff, students and families who are joining us this month. With our Center quickly growing, there have been some new addition to our Teams. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Liliana. She will be in the opening shift and you will see her in the morning during the drop off period.
Important dates coming up in November:
Wednesday November 1st – Monthly tuition fee due.
Friday November 10th (in-lieu) – Remembrance Day – Center Closed
We give warm welcome to Maritza to Little Worlds.
Liesl November 2,
Alba November 14,
Fight the Flu Flu season is here. The Public Health Department recommends parents to bring their child to the pharmacy, walk-in clinics or your family doctor to get the flu shot.
Alberta’s 2017/18 influenza immunization program
One of the best ways to prevent seasonal influenza is through yearly immunization because the influenza virus changes each year. As part of Alberta’s influenza immunization program, Albertans 6 months of age and older are able to receive influenza vaccine, free of charge, at public health clinics, pharmacies and doctor’s offices.
Contact your local pharmacist or physician for details on vaccine availability
Alberta Health is offering Albertans one type of influenza vaccine free of charge. This vaccine, called Fluzone, is offered as an injection, contains 4 strains of influenza virus and is a safe and effective vaccine for all ages. Having multiple types of vaccines increases the complexity of our immunization program. Offering one type of vaccine to Albertans at mass public clinics, pharmacies and doctor’s offices means we can offer a more efficient program where vaccine is available for everyone across the province when clinics open.
Alberta Health will not offer FluMist (the nasal spray) this season. In previous years, FluMist had been available for children between the ages of 2 and 17. In 2016, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization removed its preferential recommendation for FluMist for children 2–17 years of age. The committee concluded that FluMist and injectable vaccines are equally safe and effective for children.
FLUAD is an influenza vaccine designed to boost the immune response in seniors. This year, FLUAD will not be available at public health clinics. Seniors living in long term care or supportive living will continue to be offered FLUAD free of charge.
- This aligns with recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. The committee recommends either FLUAD or a regular four-strain vaccine for seniors.
- Some pharmacists may choose to offer FLUAD to Albertans age 65 and older at a cost. Seniors who wish to be immunized with FLUAD can contact their pharmacies for more information.
In 2016/17, Canadian estimates on vaccine effectiveness show vaccine was 42% effective against the dominant strain, H3N2.
- This is slightly lower than in 2015/16 when the vaccine was 50% effective and the dominant strain of influenza was H1N1. Vaccine effectiveness is often lower against H3N2 strains of influenza, so this could explain why the vaccine was less effective.
Even with an effectiveness rating of 42%, immunization is the best way for Albertans to protect themselves and others against influenza.
Vaccine effectiveness varies from year to year but immunization is still the best protection. We do not know how effective this year’s vaccine will be, but we do know that not being immunized offers no protection.
Influenza in Alberta facts
- Alberta has purchased 1.6 million doses of influenza vaccine for the 2017/18 season. This is enough to immunize 35% of the population.
- Total cost: $12.1 million. In 2016/17,
- Alberta Health purchased 1.6 million doses of influenza vaccine.
- Total cost: $12.7 million
- 27% of Albertans (roughly 1.1 million people) received the influenza vaccine 64 people died and had lab-confirmed influenza
- 1,653 Albertans were admitted to hospital with lab-confirmed influenza.
Alberta has offered universal influenza immunization free of charge to residents since 2009. The program before 2009 targeted those most at risk of disease and complications.
Yearly influenza immunization rates
- 2016/17 – 27.0% (more influenza data is available on the Alberta Health Services influenza website)
- 2015/16 – 27.0%
- 2014/15 – 30.0%
- 2013/14 – 27.6%
- 2012/13 – 23.0%
- 2011/12 – 22.5%
- 2010/11 – 22.0%
Every year we hope to see more Albertans get immunized, and we encourage all Albertans age 6 months and older to be immunized when vaccine is available.
Health care worker immunization
Healthcare workers are strongly encouraged to get immunized. The proportion of health care workers getting vaccinated against influenza in 2016/17 was 63%, compared to 61% in 2015/16. Alberta has a voluntary immunization policy for healthcare workers, and are focused on education, promotion, and making it as easy as possible for health care workers to get immunized.
Please dress your child appropriately according to the weather. Since the weather is getting cold, please give your child a warm jacket, a winter hat and a pair of mitten, if necessary, to accommodate the outdoor activities.