School-aged children in Nova Scotia will now have more protection against chicken pox and meningitis. The immunization program in schools will now include immunization against chicken pox for Grade 4 students who have not had chicken pox before; and meningococcal immunization of Grade 4 students to protect against certain types of meningitis. Children will receive the vaccines this fall as part of the regularly scheduled school immunization program. Dr. Jeff Scott, chief medical officer of health, is encouraging parents to ensure their children are immunized. “Immunization offers good protection against disease with little risk of side-effects,” he said. “We need to take advantage of these vaccines in order to keep more young people healthy.” These vaccines are the last phase of the province’s expanded immunization program, which was first announced by Health Minister Angus MacIsaac in November 2004. For more information, Nova Scotians should contact their local public health office or visit www.gov.ns.ca/health .
Delegates from more than 40 countries will arrive in Halifax next week for the 53rd International Council for Small Business. “We’re proud our region was chosen to host such a prestigious international event,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Small business is very important to our province and we look forward to the opportunity to show the world what Nova Scotia has to offer.” Nearly 600 small business practitioners, policy makers, researchers and educators from around the globe will spend three days attending lectures and workshops on successful small business development and growth. “This conference highlights how integral small business is to our economy,” said Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Minister Peter MacKay. “The results of the International Council for Small Business conference will bring long-term benefits to our small businesses, economy and communities.” The 2008 conference, Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results, takes place from June 22 to 25 at the World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax. It is co-hosted by the council’s affiliate, the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The event is organized by the Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship, Dalhousie University Faculty of Management, and Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre. More information on the conference is available at www.icsb2008.org .