REVISED / H1N1 flu virus update (09/11/04)
Nov. 4, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following update on the H1N1 flu virus was issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick on Wednesday, Nov. 4:
- New Brunswick is continuing to see widespread H1N1 flu activity.
- There are 18 new hospitalizations. Since the pandemic began in April, the total number of hospitalizations is 23.
- The breakdown of the 18 hospitalizations is as follows:
- six cases in the 10-and-younger age range;
- seven cases in the 11-to-20 age range;
- three cases in the 21-to-29 age range; and
- two cases in the 30-and-older age range.
- There have been no H1N1 flu deaths reported in the province.
- More than 120,000 New Brunswickers have been vaccinated against the H1N1 virus.
- As with other Canadian jurisdictions, New Brunswick is anticipating a lower-than-expected supply of H1N1 flu vaccine from the federal government over the next week.
- The priority groups for H1N1 vaccination clinics are now restricted to the following:
- front-line health-care workers;
- children six months to 18 years;
- parents of children younger than six months;
- pregnant women - 20 weeks or more;
- pregnant women - less than 20 weeks but with underlying medical conditions; and
- First Nations individuals (on reserve, only).
- This restriction is in place to ensure that the highest priority groups are vaccinated the soonest.
- Those with chronic diseases should not go to the clinics being advertised. There will be targeted approaches in the coming weeks to reach those with chronic medical conditions. The Department of Health is working with provincial
chronic-disease specialists to develop immunization opportunities for these groups.
- Individuals who are not members of a priority group should wait until clinics for other priority groups and the public open later in November.
- It is very important that everyone work together to protect those most vulnerable.
- New Brunswick will receive 11,000 doses of adjuvanted vaccine this week..
- While we do have some supply, these amounts are only a quarter of the vaccine we were expecting.
- Limited supply of the vaccine will cause us to continue to postpone clinics until more vaccine arrives. Starting last Saturday, the Department of Health has been issuing updates on postponed clinics through our public alerts system; the
updates are also available on the web and through the 1-800 line.
- 4,400 doses of unadjuvanted vaccine have arrived.
- Clinics for all pregnant women - using this newly-arrived unadjuvanted vaccine - should be scheduled by the end of this weekend in every zone.
- 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.
- 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. Persons living in the Saint John area are asked to visit one of the flu assessment centres.
- It is recommended that you limit contact with other people, including other household members until: you are free of symptoms; and you are feeling well.
- Those experiencing influenza-like illness should consider ending self-isolation when you are able to participate fully in all of your 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, 1-800-580-0038.
MEDIA CONTACT: email@example.com; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 Pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.