Confirmed case of influenza has Island Health recommending vaccinations

NANAIMO – Island Health reports eight confirmed cases of influenza A, including H1N1.

Island Health is recommending flu shots this week after reports of eight confirmed cases of influenza A, including H1N1.

According to Dr. Richard Stanwick, chief medical health officer for Island Health, there have been eight confirmed cases of influenza, the majority of which are H1H1.

Seven patients required admission for treatment and two are in intensive care units,  including one child.

The cases have Island Health reminding people about flu shots, influenza control measures and symptoms.

Influenza can mean the sudden onset of a fever, along with an acute cough, headache, aches and pain and fatigue. Island Health says those at risk of complications, like seniors and very young children, should contact health care providers.

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