Canadians urged to get flu shot as more H1N1 cases confirmed

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By Paul Martin
JANUARY 08, 2014

H1N1 has been blamed for the deaths of 10 people in Alberta, and health officials worry the flu strain might be making its way east and are encouraging people to get the flu shot.

There are two confirmed cases of H1N1 in Nova Scotia, the province’s deputy chief medical officer of health says.

Frank Atherton said H1N1 is a strain of the flu virus seen every year, but residents should take precautions.

“Early indications from other provinces suggest that some serious infections are occurring in young and middle-age adults and children under five during this flu season,” Atherton said in a statement. “This underlines the importance of everyone getting a flu shot.”

Quebec’s public health director Horace Arruda said the H1N1 strain is the most widespread and those who got the flu shot in 2009, when about 300 people died in the province due to complications from H1N1, are no longer protected.

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