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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:27 pm 
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Senior health officials in the Canadian province of Alberta said on Wednesday they had fired an unidentified worker for giving National Hockey League players preferential access to the H1N1 flu vaccine.

The controversy boiled over this week when it was revealed that players for the NHL's Calgary Flames and their families received shots on an exclusive basis one day before the province closed public flu clinics due to a shortage of the vaccine.

"Our policies on vaccine distribution are designed to ensure an equitable distribution of the vaccine to all Albertans," Alberta Health Services Chief Executive Stephen Duckett said in a statement.

"The special treatment for the Flames and their families is unacceptable to us and contrary to all of our existing protocols and processes. I apologize for this breach of our duty to Albertans."

Public outrage over the revelations showed that Canadians' love for a hockey team, even when it includes such franchise stars as forward Jarome Iginla and goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff, only goes so far during a pandemic.

The health agency said it was continuing its investigation and more disciplinary action could be taken.

The flap over the Flames topped a chaotic several days for mass vaccination in the province of 3.5 million residents that started with hours-long queues at makeshift clinics and ended with the abrupt halt to H1N1 shots when far more people than expected showed up for them.

The Alberta authority said it would restart shots for higher-risk people such as young children and pregnant women, but it will keep vaccine from the general public for now.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:47 pm 
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This would never happen in the U.S.

Oh you play hockey? That's nice. Now go (Frank) yourself.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:50 pm 
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Yeah. You'd be expected to go stand in a five-hour line to eventually be told that the government counted wrong and there isn't any medicine for you.

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Someone had a sign during the Calgary game... "You stole my flu shot!"


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As much as I'm against the flu shot to begin with, that is some messed up shit. Shows you how hockey rates up there in our Northern province.


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