“I’ve got 60 kids in my group, plus myself and a piano player, so there’s no way of course that I can guarantee them that everyone has had a flu shot because they probably haven’t, so we had to cancel on the spot,” Giesbrecht explained.
According to the Ministry of Health, “Visitors to provincial health-care facilities – including long-term care homes – are asked to be vaccinated against influenza or to wear a mask while visiting to help protect those most vulnerable from influenza.”
Geisbrecht adds, “I could see if H1N1 was going around, or if there was some kind of big epidemic, or if there was some kind of super bug in the hospital, than of course you don’t want expose people to that.”
Geishbrecht goes on to explain distance in which the children stand from the seniors.
“Noone’s touching each other, noone’s shaking hands; sharing cookies, coughing on each other – there’s not really any opportunity for that kind of thing to happen,” Geisbrecht says while conceding that “I’m no doctor.”
According to the ministry, approximately 3,500 Canadians die from influenza or its complications each year.
“Of course staff and those caring for the physical needs of the elderly should be vaccinated but to disallow a kid’s choir to sing near-by a group of seniors for 20 minutes because they might not have the shot seems silly and unfair,” Geishbrecht concludes in a Facebook message.
At the time of publication, Geishbrecht says the Manager of Peace Villa had called her back to say they’re looking into possible solutions to this conflict in an effort to allow the children to perform for the seniors.