H1N1 flu virus update: Thursday, Dec. 3 (09/12/03)
Dec. 3, 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 a decline in H1N1 flu activity.
- 171 persons have been hospitalized since the pandemic began in April.
- Twenty-seven persons have been referred to intensive care since the pandemic began in April; 19 of them had an underlying medical condition.
- Almost half of the hospitalizations are in the under-20 age group. The remainder are evenly distributed among other age groups but are slightly higher in the older age groups.
- There have been seven deaths in New Brunswick connected to the H1N1 virus. Of those, four were men and three were women. Two were in their 40s, two were in their 50s, and three were older than 60. All of these individuals 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 H1N1. While the vast majority of cases continues to be mild, these serious cases and deaths
reinforce the need to vaccinate as many persons as quickly as possible.
- The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health provides a weekly update on activity levels, including hospitalizations and deaths.
- 177,500 doses arrived this week.
- 92,500 doses are scheduled to arrive next week.
- Mass immunization clinics for the public will continue to be held across the province until Dec. 16, by which time the majority of the population will have been vaccinated.
- It is important to remember that, following the conclusion of mass clinics, vaccine will still be available to each New Brunswick resident wishing to receive it.
- The vaccine will be accessible through smaller centralized clinics, family physicians and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON).
- Each clinic listing will clearly identify which members of the public are being vaccinated. A list of VON clinics will be available on the H1N1 website. People are strongly encouraged to check the website often for clinic information. People
may also call the 24-hour toll-free H1N1 line, 1-800-580-0038.
- We encourage all New Brunswickers who have yet to receive the vaccine to get vaccinated.
- The H1N1 vaccine is the safest, most effective way of protecting you and your family from the H1N1 flu virus.
- More than 300,000 doses have been administered to New Brunswickers.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada issues national updates on the H1N1 flu virus.
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
- 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 Pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.