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The FluWatch Report ending November 28

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THUNDER BAY, ON - December 11, 2009 - Please note that the Health Unit's LAST flu Public Health Agency of Canadaclinic will be held on Wednesday, December 16 from 2-7pm at the Lakehead Labour Centre.

After December 16, those who still want an H1N1 or seasonal flu shot can visit their health care provider or the Heath Unit's Wednesday immunization clinic (1:30-6:00 p.m.) at 999 Balmoral. Clients at the Wednesday immunization clinic will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

FluWatch is Canada's national surveillance system that monitors the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses on an on-going basis. FluWatch reports, posted every Friday, contain specific information for health professionals on flu viruses circulating in Canada.

The FluWatch program consists of a network of labs, hospitals, doctor's offices and provincial and territorial ministries of health.  Program objectives include to:

Detect flu outbreaks across the country as early as possible
Provide timely up-to-date information on flu activity in Canada and abroad to health professionals [and interested Canadians]
Monitor circulating strains of the flu virus (like H1N1) and assess their sensitivity to antiviral medications, [such as Tamiflu and Relenza]. Antivirals, when used by doctors to treat flu, can help reduce the severity of the illness and the recovery time for a patient
Provide information that the World Health Organization can use to make its recommendations on the best vaccine to use for seasonal flu shots.
The Summary Box below covers the main findings from the current week's FluWatch posting and contains links to specific information, graphs and charts contained in the publication.

Summary of FluWatch Findings for the
Week ending November 28, 2009

  • Nationally, the activity levels reported this week continued to decrease compared to the previous week.
  • All FluWatch influenza indicators declined during week 47.
  • The Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 strain accounted for nearly 100% of the positive influenza A subtyped specimens this week.
  • The intensity of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in the population was moderately high with 804 hospitalizations, 139 ICU admissions and 56 deaths reported this week. Hospitalized cases occurred in all provinces and territories (P/T) that reported this week while the deaths were from all P/T except PE and 3 territories. From August 30 to November 28, 2009, a total of 6,314 hospitalized cases including 957 (15.2%) cases admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) as well as 259 deaths had been reported.
  • The proportion of severe cases (ICU admissions and deaths) among all hospitalized cases was lower in the second wave than in the first wave.
  • A slight decline has been experienced in all provinces and territories as indicated in the continued decreasing number of reported hospitalized cases, ICU admissions and deaths reported this week.

Here is a link to the full report.  http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/fluwatch/09-10/w47_09/index-eng.php

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