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Dave Nichol, one of Loblaw’s ‘most memorable colleagues,’ passes away

BY Antoinette Alexander

RAMPTON, Ontario — Loblaw Cos. has announced the passing of industry veteran Dave Nichol, who was known as a masterful marketer and recognized both inside and outside Loblaw for his creativity and skill.

"We are deeply saddened and our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family," Galen G. Weston, executive chairman of Loblaw Cos., said. "Dave’s passion for food and his vision helped to transform the way Canadians eat, and he has left a tremendous legacy that endures in the company today. He will be missed by all who had the opportunity to work with him and benefit from his guidance and friendship."

Nichol joined Loblaw in 1972 and held various roles with the company, including president of Loblaw Supermarkets and head of the product development team. He made significant contributions to Loblaw, most notably as the force behind establishing the iconic President’s Choice and noname brands, the company stated.  President’s Choice has become the No. 1 consumer brand in Canada, and many of the products he introduced are still on the market today, including the President’s Choice The Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

Nichol also launched the first Insider’s Report in November 1983, and it reflected his belief that success required not just great products, but great stories as well.

Today, Nichol’s passion and vision live on in Loblaw through the No. 1 and No. 2 consumer brands in Canada — President’s Choice and noname — and the company’s commitment to innovation and bringing unique and compelling products to Canadians, the company stated.

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Health officials pleased by rise in flu vaccination rates

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Flu vaccination coverage in children increased dramatically during the last season, with smaller increases in coverage among adults, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report, the CDC said this week that coverage for children aged 6 months through 17 years during the 2012-2013 season was 56.6%, a 5.1% increase from the 2011-2012 season. Coverage among adults was up by 2.7%, at 41.5%. Some gaps were seen between rates on a state-by-state basis.

"Despite substantial progress, we can do even more to make our country healthier through prevention," Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary for health Howard Koh said Thursday while announcing the results alongside other health officials at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. "Flu vaccination should represent a simple investment we make year in and year out to maximize the gift of health."

Elderly people showed the highest vaccination rates, with 66%, along with young children aged 6 months to 4 years, who showed rates of 70%. But most exciting to officials was that rates among those aged 18 to 49, who have proven tougher to reach, also showed increases. Among that age cohort, vaccination coverage was 31%, 2.5% higher than in 2011-2012. A record high of 72% of healthcare personnel also received vaccinations.

The vaccination supply for this year is "plentiful," according to data, with about 135 million doses available at retail stores, pharmacies, clinics and hospitals, doctor’s offices, public health clinics and workplaces.

"We have more types of vaccine available than ever before, and there are one or more options that are right for everyone," immediate past president of the NFID William Schaffner said.


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Nearly everyone has experienced cold, flu or allergy symptoms in past year

BY Michael Johnsen

As many as 95% of consumers have suffered from either a cold, flu or allergy ailments or has a family member who has suffered in the past year, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in August. Of those consumers, 84% suffered from seasonal or outdoor allergies, 82% from sinus congestion or headache, 72% from cold symptoms and 28% from flu symptoms. To see more Patient Views, click here.

Patient Views is an exclusive consumer insights feature that appears regularly in DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask more than 6,500 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to reder@lf.com.

Source: AccentHealth. To view the demographic breakdown of participants, click here.

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