Influenza is impacting more people in the Prairie Mountain Health region than during the same time last year.

From September 1st to December 29th PMH had 85 influenza cases. To this point in 2018 only 54 cases had been confirmed.

According to the government’s weekly influenza report the rate of flu cases sat at 49.8 per 100,000 people in Prairie Mountain Health, compared to 23.5 per 100,000 people in Winnipeg.

Across the province there have been 512 confirmed cases of influenza so far this year.

“It’s more than expected” said Dr. Mahmoud Khodaveisi, medical officer of health for Prairie Mountain Health.

The best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get immunized. “H1N1 is inside the vaccine, so it’s a good match. If you have the flu stay home until the symptoms are gone.”

People are encouraged to practise good coughing and sneeze etiquette by coughing and sneezing into their arm and not into the hand.

 

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