Monday, October 26, 2009

H1N1 Vaccines in Canada

Vaccines are out in Canada. We have ordered twice as much as we need, since at the time the Ministry thought we would need two shots for it to be effective. There are maps about, showing Confirmed swine flu cases around the globe(<= This one is excellent!)  


Protocols

Our Minister of Health has outlined the protocol for shots. But, rest assured, if you want a vaccine, check your local health network [ Find your local public health unit. ] to find out when it is available. Ontario Will Offer H1N1 Vaccine On October 26


In Muskoka, where I live, they have created clinics over the next month. For example, click here for the info and schedule, for North Simcoe Muskoka's LHIN. There is a priority as the protocol targets those most vulnerable.




  • People 65 and under with chronic conditions;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Healthy children 6 months to under five years of age;
  • People living in remote or isolated communities;
  • Health care workers; and
  • Household contacts and care providers of persons at high risk who cannot be immunized or may not respond to vaccine.

Flu shot plans vary across Canada (<= click on the link)
 but I think we are in better shape than the US, which doesn't have enough vaccine. 


Treatment

Once you have a flu of any kind, keeping liquids in is important. Your body is trying to drown the virus, hence the mucous. The issue with H1N1 is the incredible damage to your lungs as liquids fill them up. Most do not have extreme symptoms, and practicing safety precautions for loved ones is important. You are wise to follow the safe practices every is talking about: sneezing into your elbow, staying home if you are ill, avoid emergency rooms is you can manage at home. 


I remember my late mother recommending the BRAT diet. Once you are able to eat again: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast.

Statistics in Canada

There have been 3,636 cases of swine flu and 14 related deaths reported in Ontario, with a population of  12.9 million people they say it is growing. 

As of Thursday, there were 78 deaths in Canada among people with confirmed H1N1, up by two since Sept. 12. There were also 15 people in hospital and three admissions to intensive-care units in that time, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq told reporters. Canada's population is about 31 million (2006).

2 comments:

disability insurance Canada said...

The stats are surprisingly low. I mean for a country of 21 million there are only 78 deaths??? There has been more deaths caused by the regular flu than the H1N1 in that time period, it's just that media have nothing else to do but make a big deal out of it...

Lorne

Jenn Jilks said...

Isn't it true? But is is 31 million, our population! And I am sure many have it and do not even know it!