H1N1 flu virus update: Thursday, Nov. 26 (09/11/26)
Nov. 26, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following update on the H1N1 flu virus has been issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
- New Brunswick is continuing to see widespread H1N1 flu activity.
- 157 persons have been hospitalized since the pandemic began in April.
- 25 people have been in intensive care since the pandemic began in April; 17 of them had an underlying medical condition.
- Almost half of the hospitalizations are in the infant-to-19 age group. The remainder are evenly distributed among other age groups, but are slightly higher in the older age
- There have been seven deaths in New Brunswick connected to the H1N1 virus. Of those, there were four men and three women. Two were in their 40s, two were in their 50s,
and three were over 60. These individuals all had at least one pre-existing medical condition that increased their risk of complications from influenza.
- Severe cases involving hospitalization and even death are not unexpected from influenza, especially given what we have learned about the impact of H1N1. While the vast
majority of cases continue to be mild, these serious cases and deaths reinforce the need to quickly vaccinate as many people as possible.
- The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health provides a weekly update on activity levels, including hospitalizations and deaths.
- 108, 000 doses arrived this week.
Clinic information and priority groups
- By the end of this week, clinics for all those in priority groups will have been offered.
- Starting the week of Nov. 30, clinics for the general public will begin across the province. Some zones may be in a position to begin offering clinics for the general public this
- Even though the vaccine supply has increased in the past week, there is still not enough to vaccinate the rest of the population at once, nor is it logistically possible to do so.
Control measures will be in place to space-out distribution. Depending on the size of the population and venues, different methods will be employed. For example, some clinics
may require a bracelet or coupon, some may be by appointment only, and some may be alphabetized by last name.
- Each clinic listing will clearly identify which members of the public are being vaccinated. People are strongly encouraged to check the website often for clinic listings in their
- Policies have been developed to broaden access to vaccine. This includes offering the vaccine to all physicians in the province who are willing and able to offer vaccination.
- The Regional Health Authorities, while ensuring proper quality controls and data entry requirements, will work with interested physicians to ensure that they have the
information they need to offer the vaccine.
- We are also working with some major employers who have the capacity and resources to administer vaccine to their staff, thus decreasing the burden on public clinics. Other
employers are also being identified to offer the vaccine in the workplace.
Advice from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
- New Brunswickers should continue to protect themselves and those around them by washing their 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.
- It is recommended that those with influenza-like symptoms limit contact with other persons, including 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 Pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.