H1N1 flu virus update (09/09/03)
Sept. 3, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following update on the H1N1 flu virus was issued on Thursday, Sept. 3, by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
- The H1N1 vaccine is in production and will be available for New Brunswickers as soon it is ready.
- Federal/provincial/territorial public health officials and experts on the Public Health Network Council Vaccine Supply Task Group, the Canadian Immunization Committee, and the Public Health
Agency of Canada are working together to develop a framework to provide guidance on vaccine program implementation. Guidelines are expected in the coming weeks.
- Decisions about program implementation for the pandemic vaccine will be based on a number of factors, including scientific evidence and ethical, legal and logistical considerations.
- Several factors must be weighed when developing priority groups. These include the characteristics of the illness and the vaccine, its spread and severity among different populations, and the
logistics of administering the vaccine.
- The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to be informed of positive lab tests, as well as outbreaks and severe cases each day. The Department of Health will continue to provide
the public with information on outbreaks and severe cases.
- To date there have been three hospitalized cases in the province, but no deaths. Case statistics are available at www.gnb.ca/flu.
- While activity has declined in the past couple of weeks, public health officials still expect to see more cases over the remainder of the summer and the fall when the regular influenza season begins.
- New Brunswickers should continue to protect themselves and those around them by washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, staying home if sick, and keeping
common surfaces clean.
- Persons at high risk of complications from influenza-like illness should seek medical attention promptly. Those at risk include pregnant women, people with underlying medical conditions such as
diabetes, or those with compromised immune systems.
- Persons with influenza-like symptoms should stay home and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or nurse-practitioner, a
walk-in clinic, or the nearest hospital emergency department. It is recommended that such persons limit contact with other people, including other household members, until they are free of
symptoms, and are feeling well.
- Those experiencing influenza-like illness should consider ending self-isolation when they are able to participate fully in all of their normal daily activities.
- It is important for New Brunswickers to understand that if they do not have influenza-like symptoms, it is safe to go to work and school, to participate in activities and to socialize.
More information on the H1N1 flu virus may be found online, or by calling the 24-hour H1N1 line at 1-800-580-0038.
MEDIA CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 Pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.