Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | January 2, 2011

Did You Miss the Boat ?

Every now and again I come heir to a bit of information that has no relevancy whatsoever to Real Estate or Money Matters but rather could have a dramatic affect on our individual lives and for that I still feel the part of a guardian.

In the Spring of 2007, the typically happy-go-lucky 15-year-old Brodie Campbell of  Coquitlam came down with what appears to be a flu-like symptom. As the night progressed, his resistance to the infection seemed to fail, until he began to babble incoherently in the early hours of the morning. At that point his parents decided that the hospital was the best place for him to be.

Upon admitting, the doctor turned to the Campbell’s and asked if Brodie had been vaccinated for meningitis – a severe infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. The parents thought for a moment and confirmed that he had received his vaccinations in school and they included one for meningitis. It was only then that they learned the school system within the Western Provinces had not come up to speed with the latest vaccine which covered not only the C strain, but also the Y strain of meningitis.

The young lad was rushed from their local hospital to the Royal Columbian hospital in New Westminster where he would be able to receive the treatment he required, but unfortunately he passed away in transit.

Brodie had only shown signs of an illness for a matter of hours and had the parents or the school been aware of this updated precaution, Brodie would still be an active member of the Campbell family today.

Again while this has nothing to do with our area of expertise, it is invaluable information that may help a member of your family or an associate.

If we might leave you with one further tidbit, we would be forever grateful.

I once worked with a wonderful man back in the 70’s who came down with Shingles, a disfiguring virus that primarily hits older people and leaves the skin encrusted with a rash and oft times large scales, not unlike those of a reptile. The rash is very itchy and can stick around for months and even years before the virus finally runs its course.

What I have learned recently is that Shingles has a direct relationship to chicken pox. If you have had chicken pox as a child, the virus stays in the body and the immune system keeps it in check, but as we age, the immune system gets tired and the virus comes to the surface as Shingles.

Again this is an illness that we can avoid through vaccination. Given to individuals 60 and older, it is reported it will dramatically reduce the incidence rates.

For those who have been infected with Chicken Pox and wish to take advantage of this precaution, the vaccine was reported to first be available this past fall.

In closing, thank you for your patience with this article, thank you also for your interest in our humble little blog. We trust that you and your families will have a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year. Should you have any questions, specific interests (that relate to our level of expertise), please feel free to drop us a line and allow us to assist you in whatever way we can.

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