Thursday, December 20, 2012

Seasonal Flu: Canada Waterloo Update

WATERLOO REGION — The flu is being blamed as a contributing factor in the death of a fifth person in the region.
On Wednesday, public health officials confirmed the death of an elderly resident with underlying health conditions as well as influenza. Three other elderly residents — all with underlying health problems — and a previously healthy child have also died as the region experiences flu rates higher than the provincial average this season.

A total of 154 influenza cases have been confirmed.
“I anticipate we have probably reached levels of activity that we would consider the peak at this time,” said associate medical officer of health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang.
However, it’s still too early to tell what’s around the corner. “Often the most predictable thing about the flu is that it’s not entirely predictable.”
Five deaths are within the range of a typical flu season, she said. This year’s season began early in the region.
It’s not too late to get a flu shot, and tests suggest the vaccine is a good match this year. Vaccination rates remain low, however.
It’s available at no charge through family doctors, urgent care clinics and some workplaces and pharmacies.
Two remaining community flu shot clinics run from 2 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 3 at the public health building (room 508), 99 Regina St. S., Waterloo, and on Jan. 10 at the public health building (boardroom), 150 Main St., Cambridge.
For more information, call 519-883-2324 or go to

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