Thunder Bay Influenza Claims Five Lives

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Avian Influenza, Influenza, Thunder Bay

Avian Influenza, Influenza, Thunder Bay

Influenza – Shots and Care Needed

THUNDER BAY – HEALTH – Thunder Bay has seen five deaths as a result of Influenza so far this year. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit says,there have been ninety three confirmed cases of Influenza.

Influenza has been impacting people across Canada.

Thunder Bay Flu Update

·    93 lab-confirmed cases of the flu (influenza)
·    5 flu-related deaths
·    Flu shots are available at:
·       Health care providers
·       Local pharmacies
·       The Health Unit’s appointment-based immunization clinic, held every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
·       Check Ontario.ca/flu to locate a flu clinic near you

Flu Prevention
The Health Unit reminds the public that they can prevent getting and spreading infections by:
·    Getting a seasonal flu shot from the Health Unit or local health care provider.
·    Washing hands often, for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water, or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
·    Covering coughs/sneezes with the upper sleeve if no tissue is available.
·    Putting all used tissues in the garbage right away.
·    Staying at home if sick to avoid spreading infections to others.

Facility-Based Outbreaks
Influenza A Confirmed:
·    Influenza A has been confirmed as the cause of the respiratory outbreak declared on Friday, January 10 at Lakehead Manor
·    Outbreak is facility-wide
·    Visitor restrictions remain in place at the facility. Family and friends of residents may call facility for more information

If you still need a flu shot, it is available:

  • From all health care providers and many pharmacies. To find a pharmacy offering the flu shot, visit Ontario’s on-line flu clinic locator – click here
  • By appointment at the Health Unit’s weekly Wednesday immunization clinic – click here for more information
Do you have a cold, or Influenza? People of any age can get the flu, and illness usually lasts two to seven days, sometimes longer in the elderly and in people with chronic diseases.
Do you have a cold, or Influenza? People of any age can get the flu, and illness usually lasts two to seven days, sometimes longer in the elderly and in people with chronic diseases.
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