In addition, there have been no deaths reported and only eight ICU cases.
“What you see now is a very normal change of pace,” Osei maintains. “In the last 10 years we’ve seen an elevation of flu cases around the end of December and the beginning of January, and then repeated a month later.”
Almost all of those affected have been over the age of 55, with only one under the age of 40.
Carolyn Bouchard, the program manager for the Communicable Disease and Adult team in Prince George, says New Year drop-in clinics have been added in a number of the Northern Health communities and there will be one next week in Fort St. John.
“We’ve been responding to the demand out in the community from both physician, pharmacy and other community providers to provide them with the publicly funded vaccine that we do have here and we are also looking at how we can respond to the demand for the flu vaccine in that people requesting their flu immunizations at this time.”
The next Fort St. John flu clinic is scheduled for the Health Unit office at 101-15 100th avenue, on Friday the 17th from 1 to 4 p.m.