Mumps Outbreak Declared in Edmonton

Even though we are in Chestermere, Edmonton outbreaks cause concern.  This latest round of mumps scares is no different.

Today (March 28th) Alberta Health Services announced a mumps outbreak was in place for its entire Edmonton Zone. Previously, an outbreak in the Edmonton area was specific to the University of Alberta after 4 cases were reported at the school.

Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in the Edmonton Zone can receive up to two free doses of vaccine, for the duration of the outbreak.

The Calgary Zone has not yet declared an outbreak but 12 cases of mumps have been confirmed so far in the area.

In 2017 so far, there have been 51 confirmed cases of mumps in Alberta compared to just 8 cases in all of 2015.

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Waiting Room Cafe Launches New Website

The Waiting Room Cafe, Chestermere’s only full service cafe serving a full waiting-room-cafe-chestermeremenu, international coffee’s and catering, is happy announce they relaunch of their website at .  This awesome little cafe is located at the front end of our fine building and has the lighthouse on top of it!  Drop in and say hi to the friendly owners Parvin and Al.

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What is influenza?

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Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a respiratory disease that affects the nose, throat and lungs. It is caused by a virus that is easily passed from person to person.

  • Seasonal influenza is the annual influenza that affects people in Canada during the winter, between November and April.
  • Seasonal influenza viruses change slightly from year to year.
  • Various strains of influenza virus circulate throughout the world each year and new strains can emerge and spread.
  • Most healthy people are able to recover from influenza without severe complications.
  • As with other viral illnesses, antibiotics do not work against an influenza virus. Antiviral medications may be used for treatment or prevention of influenza.

Influenza lowers the body’s ability to fight other infections. It can lead to bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, and even death especially in the elderly, children (6–59 months), pregnant women, Aboriginal peoples, and people with chronic medical conditions.

How is influenza spread?

Influenza spreads rapidly among people.

  • The virus passes from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Tiny drops of moisture (droplets) containing the virus can enter the eyes, nose or mouth of people nearby.
  • The virus can live on hands and is then passed to surfaces through touching. The virus can live on hard surfaces such as door handles, telephones, light switches, computer keyboards, countertops for up to 48 hours, and on soft surfaces like clothing for 8–10 hours.
  • Infection can happen when people touch any surface contaminated with the virus and then touch their own mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands.
  • People usually develop symptoms of influenza within four days after becoming infected.
  • People are contagious for seven days after symptoms start.
  • Children, especially younger children, individuals with weakened immune systems and those with severe illness may be contagious for a longer period, i.e., up to 10 days .

Influenza symptoms

People develop symptoms of influenza from 1–4 days after becoming infected. They can pass on the virus from the day before they have the first symptoms until at least 5–7 days after the symptoms start.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever of 38 C (100.4 F) or higher that starts suddenly;
  • A dry cough that can last for weeks;
  • Headache;
  • An aching body especially in the lower back and legs;
  • Feeling very weak and tired.

Other symptoms can include:


  • Individuals younger than 5 years of age or those 65 years of age and older may not have a fever.
  • Fever usually goes down and the person starts to feel better in 3–5 days. However, exhaustion and cough can continue for several weeks.
  • Symptoms in babies may be hard to detect. For some babies, crying more than usual may be the only sign of illness.
  • Influenza symptoms are different from those of a cold or a stomach upset.

Influenza self-care

The influenza self-care section has information to help take care of yourself and others who have influenza.

If you have more questions, contact Health Link at 811.

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Bitcoin to Be Accepted In Canadian Healthcare


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Bitcoin, the well known crypto-currency will be accepted by online healthcare business Ask The Doctor based in Canada. It will become the first healthcare enterprise to accept bitcoins. Given the fact that Ask The Doctor is an anonymous online service offered to patients worldwide, it is a perfect venue for bitcoin to be used as payment.

Why did Ask The Doctor Begin Accepting Bitcoin?:

Bitcoin makes it impossible for lenders and banks to be aware that the patient used the services of Ask The Doctor. Given this, Ask The Doctor thinks bitcoin provides patients a safer and more confidential way to pay for medical services. Ask The Doctor has become known for answering many deeply personal questions so some of the service’s patients will find this payment menthod particularly important. This means that Ask The Doctor patients can ask questions completely anonomously; questions that patients are unlikely to bring up with an offline doctor.

The very nature of bitcoin prevents Ask The Doctor fees from appearing on credit card statements. Some have said that services like PayPal are known for confidentiality, but they provide online statements. Bitcoin, on the other hand, can eliminate this issue entirely. There is a blockchain but purchases can be fully anonymized. Using the services of Ask The Doctor without informing families or roommates is important for many patients.

Ask The Doctor is based in Canada, but many patients are from elsewhere in the world. The payment methiod, Bitcoin is not affiliated with any country. Traditional currency exchanges can complicate payment, while bitcoin offers a way to negate the complexity. Exchanging bitcoins into local currency is very similar regardless of the bitcoin holders country.

Will Bitcoin Generate Significant Change To Ask The Doctor?:

More patients will likely end up using the services of Ask The Doctor if they can the expected increased privacy that bitcoin offers. This new level of privacy may cause Ask The Doctor grows and enhnace their services.

Will Other Healthcare Services Accept Bitcoin?:

It is reasonable to expect that bitcoins increased security and privacy will result in more healthcare companies accepting bitcoin in the future. Other companies have already begun to consider bitcoin because of the exceptional level of privacy that it makes possible. The fact that Ask The Doctor has already begun accepting the popular crypto-currency might cause other healthcare companies to follow Ask The Doctor.

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Medical Joke

An infections disease walks into a bar.  The bartenders says, “We don’t serve your kind here.”.  The disease replies, “Well you’re not a very good host!”


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Chestermere Health Mentioned on Top Ten List

We were pleased to find the Medical Center and this site mentioned on a popular top 1o list site.

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