A surge in the number of flu cases in Alberta, the majority of which involve the H1N1 strain, has prompted health officials in the province to open mass immunization centres over the holidays.
Between Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, the number of flu cases in the Edmonton area rose from 65 to 125, with H1N1 accounting for more than 90 per cent of the cases. The vast majority of the 250 flu cases reported in Calgary since the end of August have also been H1N1. Alberta health officials have already blamed the virus for at least two deaths.
Across Canada, seven deaths have been linked to the H1N1 virus so far. At least four of them involved adults between the ages of 45-64.
As of mid-December, hundreds of Canadians had already contracted the H1N1 flu.
Dr. Gerald Predy, senior medical officer for Alberta Health Services, says it is not unusual to see a spike in cases this time of year as people gather to spend the holidays together. However, he said that the province is still weeks away from peak season, and the recent increase in the number of cases is just the tip of the iceberg.
And because the outbreak features the H1N1 strain, he warns that everyone, including younger adults who often think theyre immune from the flu, should take steps to protect themselves.
A lot of people think its the elderly who are at risk, but with H1N1 we just want to emphasize there is a serious risk of illness in other age groups, he told CTV News Channel.
AHS officials, stressing its not too late to get the flu shot, have set up several mass immunization centres in Edmonton and Calgary that people can access over the holidays.
H1N1 first appeared in 2009 and caused widespread illness worldwide as people had no natural immunity to it. For more than a year, H1N1 was declared a pandemic influenza virus. The virus entered its post-pandemic phase in the summer of 2010, and has now become one of several seasonal flu strains in Canada.
But again, one of the messages were trying to get out to people is that its not just pandemic strains that can cause serious illness, our seasonal influenza strains do so as well, Predy said.
The flu has also been blamed for several hospitalizations in Saskatchewan. Officials in the province say the majority of cases are also H1N1.
Predy says there are several symptoms of the flu, including headaches, achy muscles, fever and a dry cough. But the hallmark of the virus, he says, is how quickly it strikes.
It comes on very suddenly, he said. You feel fine in the morning than by noon you cant move.
Predy said in some cases the flu can cause serious respiratory illnesses like pneumonia. He cautioned that people should stay home from work if they have the flu. Children should also stay home from school in the new year if theyve been infected, he added.
In the United States, health officials say theyre seeing thousands of cases of H1N1 flu. In Texas, five deaths have been blamed on the virus, but doctors say fatalities are rare.
there is definitely a Flu thing going on, my sister in law and her husband have it, she ids pretty much over it, her husband is still pretty sick. I guess the "experts" missed their flu shot prediction by a mile like usual, our doctor only recommend getting it if you have had it before. he is an actual healer not just a licenced drug pusher like most of his profession.
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Spouse got sick - took Nyquil and stayed in bed for 10 days. I got sick, took Sambucol along with Nyquil, and was pretty good in four days. This is why we keep Sambucol in our preps.
Texas has been hit hard. According to the news, February is projected to be our worst month for a flu outbreak. I always wonder, when the media announces deaths from the flu, if the people who died got flu shots. Nothing is ever said about that. Of course, as of now, the people who died this year were reported to have underlying conditions. I don't remember if that was the case in the 2009 H1N1 deaths.
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A pandemic be onea the thins what scares me the most. Onea the thins we've started preppin fer in ernest. It's not if, but when it happens. So far we been lucky, (knock on wood) round here an nobody been sick. Hope it stays thata way to.
I had a doctors appointment yesterday, before I even got in the buildin I put on onea my own masks. Gal at the desk asked ifin I were sick (no I really just like seein doc! Duh. Actually I was there fer frequent headaches) an I said "No, an I plan on keepin it thata way!". Used hand sanitzer when I left the office an a second shot when I got ta my truck. Doctors office fulla sick folk an ya never know what yer gonna pick up there!
Yall try an stay well ifin ya be in a area gettin hit hard.
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