Influenza Cases are Appearing in the Region

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Influenza Cases are Appearing in the Region


As expected, Influenza has arrived in our Health Region just as the colder weather is setting in. Our first 2 case reports are in a 25 year old cadet at the RCMP barracks and the second case in a 14 month old toddler.  Both had Influenza A H3N2. There have been a few similar isolates in Saskatoon and parts North in Saskatchewan. Across Canada Influenza A H3N2 has been the most common virus seen thus far. Isolates are a good match with this year’s influenza vaccine and so we continue to encourage as many folks as possible to get the influenza vaccine.   As physicians you will likely be exposed to influenza viruses on a regular basis and you are strongly urged to get the influenza vaccine as soon as possible if you have not already done so. Vaccine is available at a variety of settings throughout the Region including through the Employee Health program at the hospitals.

We will continue to monitor the unfolding influenza season and provide you with regular updates in this regard.

Dr. Maurice Hennink,
Deputy Medical Health Officer