Wednesday, January 8, 2014

South Shore Health: No Confirmed H1N1 Flu Cases

There have been no confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu strain along the South Shore. The medical officer of health with South Shore Health, Dr. Linda Earle, says it's been a typical flu season so far in the region. There are at least two confirmed cases of H1N1 in the province while 10 people have died and hundreds are in hospital with the virus in Alberta. Dr. Earle says people should get the flu shot if they haven't already. She expects cases to rise.

Earle says the flu shot protects against three different strains of influenza including H1N1. The flu shot is provided free of charge from family doctors, nurse practitioners, some pharmacists and clinics offered by Public Health Services. Seniors, children ages six months to five years, Aboriginals, pregnant women and anyone with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes are encouraged to get a flu shot.