H1N1 flu virus update: Thursday, Dec. 17 (09/12/17)
Dec. 17, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following update on the H1N1 flu virus has been issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
- The second wave of the H1N1 flu virus is almost over in New Brunswick, as H1N1 flu activity continues to decline.
- There have been 2,024 positive (H1N1) lab results since the pandemic began in April.
- 169 persons have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.
- Thirty-five persons have been referred to intensive care; 29 of them had an underlying medical condition.
- 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.
- The last mass immunization clinic will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19.
- Some vaccine will still be available after Dec. 19 through some public health offices, some family physicians and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). Appointments will be required in order to get vaccinated.
- The H1N1 vaccine is the safest, most effective way of protecting you and your family from the H1N1 flu virus.
- New Brunswick's immunization campaign has been highly successful.
- 460,000 New Brunswickers, or 62 per cent of the population, have been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. The breakdown is as follows:
- more than 80 per cent of children six-months-to-nine-years old;
- 70 per cent of children 10-to-18 years old;
- 75 per cent of pregnant women;
- 90-100 per cent of the residents of most First Nations communities have been vaccinated;
- more than 50 per cent of those over 60 (including women); and
- more than 37 per cent of males aged 19 years and older.
- This level of vaccine coverage will go a long way toward ensuring protection against future outbreaks, either in the spring or fall of 2010.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to issue 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, at 1-800-580-0038.
MEDIA CONTACT: email@example.com; Danielle Phillips, media relations, H1N1 Pandemic, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.