Spread of H1N1 flu across Canada calls for more people to be vaccinated

Monday, January 6, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Matthew Coutts
Jan. 5, 2013

The deaths of two Toronto residents have officially been linked to the flu, emphasizing the concerns of a powerful influenza working its way across the country and underlining the need for the flu shot.

This winter’s flu season has been exceptionally powerful thanks to the resurgence of the H1N1 strain, also known as the swine flu, and an apparent complacency that has come over the country since the strain was last prevalent.

The H1N1 strain of Influenza A was behind the 2009/2010 pandemic responsible for between 151,000 and 575,000 deaths worldwide, including 428 Canadians. While it never exactly left, the H1N1 subtype of Influenza A has remained in the background.

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