Height­ened flu ac­tiv­ity con­tin­ues

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Saskatchewan health of­fi­cials are now point­ing to 12 deaths as a re­sult of in­fluenza dur­ing their must re­cent H1N1 up­date.

Last Fri­day, Saskatchewan Health con­firmed there have been 12 deaths and 49 hos­pi­tal­iza­tions along with 797 lab­o­ra­tory con­firmed cases of in­fluenza dur­ing the re­cent in­fluenza sea­son. those to­tals are all in­creased from the seven deaths, 32 hos­pi­tal­ized cases and 618 lab­o­ra­tory con­firmed cases re­ported just a week ago. Saskatchewan’s orig­i­nal sup­ply of 280,000 doses of in­fluenza vac­ci­na­tion was used up, and ad­di­tional sup­plies are lim­ited. In re­sponse to this, the prov­ince has lim­ited flu clin­ics to chil­dren un­der five years of age and preg­nant women. By the end of the week, of­fi­cials were ex­tend­ing im­mu­niza­tions for some in­di­vid­u­als with se­verely im­muno-com­pormised peo­ple in­clud­ing trans­plant pa­tients, dial­y­sis pa­tients plus peo­ple re­ceiv­ing can­cer treat­ment. Saskatchewan Health also re­minded the pub­lic to pro­tect them­selves against sea­sonal in­fluenza by adopt­ing in­fec­tion preven­tion meth­ods such as: fre­quent hand­wash­ing and cough and sneeze eti­quette, clean­ing sur­faces of­ten and stay­ing at home when sick. The most re­cent Flu Watch re­port is­sued by the Pub­lic Health Agency of Canada shows that all of Saskatchewan re­mains in the spo­radic ac­tiv­ity cat­e­gory. How­ever, neigh­bour­ing Al- berta is show­ing wide­spread in­fluenza ac­tiv­ity across much of the cen­tral part of the prov­ince. Na­tion­ally, as of fig­ures end­ing Jan. 11, there were 60 re­ported deaths as­so­ci­ated with in­fluenza, with the high­est pro­por­tion of deaths among adults 20-64 years of age (48.3 per cent).

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