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.

 

More Local News

Piwniuk Says PST Reduction Good News

The Province of Manitoba plans to lower the provincial sales tax and an MLA in southwestern Manitoba says that’s great news for his constituents. Doyle Piwmiuk says the change will happen on July 1st…

Clarifications To Provincial Acts Clear Up Grey Area For Fire Fighters

Four and a half years ago the chief of the Winkler Fire Department spearheaded lobby efforts to have changes made to two provincial acts that guide medical care in Manitoba, and those efforts have…

Water Watch on Medora Creek

Each spring, all eyes are on the waterways for rising levels, and overland flooding. Reeve for Deloraine-Winchester, Gord Weidenhammer, says they take precautionary steps to avoid as much overland…

Westman Pharmacist Being Recognized

Pharmacists Manitoba has announced the recipients for the 2019 awards and one of the winners is from Birtle. The Pharmacists Manitoba Blando Patient Choice Award goes to Ms. Kristin Lane a pharmacist…

Always Something to Learn with the AMM

It was a week of discussions and information gathering at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) meetings this past week. Approximately 125 Mayors, Reeves and CAO's attended the Winnipeg…

Federal Budget Deficit An Investment Liberal Riding Rep Says

The spokesperson for the Portage-Lisgar Liberal Riding Association is defending the federal budget released on Tuesday. Ken Werbiski feels it's a good budget, despite running a roughly $20 billion…

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login