Happy hour to fight mumpsWednesday, July 18, 2007 at 14:45 | Posted in beer, Canada, health | Leave a comment
Health officials in Nova Scotia are concerned for the risk of mumps epidemics, especially among young adults. An outbreak in Halifax made almost 450 people sick for five months ago. Dr. Noni MacDonald, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, has come up with an unconventional idea, according to the CBC:
For example, she said, it might help if young people at bars are offered a vaccine with their beer.
“Maybe what you could do is say if you go to the bar between 5 and 7, you could get your beer half price if you get your measles, mumps, rubella immunization updated,” MacDonald said.
This sounds almost too good to be true. A government sponsored happy hour, all in the interest of public health. And finally a doctor who is honest enough to admit that drinking beer is good for your health. 🙂