Prince Edward Island has its first cases of lab-confirmed influenza, including one case who has been hospitalized, says Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison.
“We are seeing a slightly earlier start to our flu season, so Islanders are reminded to follow the necessary measures to prevent and control the spread of infection,” said Dr. Morrison.
“Wash your hands often, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, stay home if you are sick, and get your annual flu shot.”
Typical symptoms of influenza include fever, headache, aches and pains, cough and sore throat.
The 2012-2013 seasonal influenza vaccine is protective against three strains of influenza - Influenza A (H1N1), Influenza A (H3N2), and Influenza B. These are the three strains identified across Canada this season to date.
Prince Edward Island’s first cases have all been the Influenza A (H3) strain.
The Department of Health and Wellness has distributed close to 46,000 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine to public health nursing, physicians’ offices, provincial health centres, long-term care facilities, and hospitals free of charge.