Bakers Journal

Get in line

October 30, 2009
By Brian Hartz

Oct. 30, 2009 – Well, that answers that question.

Demand for the H1N1 flu vaccine has been overwhelming clinics. In Toronto, lines formed as early as 6 a.m. and didn't let up throughout the day, forcing workers to turn people away and even causing road closures.

In my previous post, I wondered
whether demand for the vaccine would meet supply. There had been a lot
of speculation about the severity of the swine flu outbreak and whether
the vaccine was necessary. Since then, a healthy, hockey-playing,
13-year-old boy died from swine flu, setting off a tidal wave of media
hysteria. And just today, Alberta reported its 13th H1N1-related death.

From absentee workers to reduced number of shoppers, businesses – including bakeries – must be feeling the effects of the H1N1 scare. But unlike Halloween, this scare appears to be very real.


So, how are you coping with swine flu hysteria? Is it affecting you or your business in any way? If so, how? If not, is it only a matter of time? Let us know by leaving a comment or e-mailing

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