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.
Flu shot plans vary across Canada (<= click on the link)
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).