FREDERICTON, N.B.- Even though Canada is in the midst of its flu season, Dr. Elish Cleary is continuing to urge New Brunswickers to get a flu shot if they haven’t already.
The province’s Chief Medical Health Officer is keeping a close eye on an outbreak of the influenza strain H1N1, also known as swine flu, which is being blamed for the deaths of five people.
Dr. Cleary says New Brunswick hasn’t seen any severe cases of H1N1 in New Brunswick yet. “We have had quite a spike in activity over the last week”, says Cleary. “We have now a total of 95 cases that have been reported to us(as of Jan.7). But that’s not unusual for this time of year and we haven’t seen a lot of pressure on the system yet”.
All flu shots since 2010 has contained a vaccine to immune people to H1N1.