H1N1 makes up more than 90% of flu cases in Quebec so far

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

Flu season is business as usual, says Public Health Director Horacio Arruda

Jan 08, 2014

This year’s flu season is just like any other, says Quebec’s Director of Public Health Horacio Arruda — even if the majority of the 969 cases already reported are H1N1.

“We are not in a pandemic situation,” Arruda said Tuesday afternoon.

He said that since the 2009 outbreak of H1N1, people have had the chance to build up a resistance to the strain, meaning it’s far less deadly than it was five years ago.

However, it is spreading quickly.

Forty cases of the H1N1 strain of influenza were reported in the Eastern Townships on Monday, and the number of cases of influenza province-wide was pegged at 969 on Tuesday afternoon.

Arruda said more than 90 per cent of reported cases of the flu are H1N1.

Flu season is expected to peak between late January and mid-February.

This year’s flu vaccine contains the H1N1 strain, so if you’ve already been vaccinated in the 2013-2014 flu season, you do not require another vaccine.

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