“We have not had a situation in the north yet where a community is without vaccine and not able to access that,” she says.
More than 20,000 of those doses have been administered by public health officers, and the rest have been distributed to other providers like pharmacies and clinics. Should anyone be short, Northern Health is able to redistribute those immunizations accordingly.
In the past week, 16 more cases of H1N1 have been confirmed in northern B.C., bringing the total of lab confirmed cases to 63, with no deaths reported. William Osei, Medical Health Officer for the Northern Interior, maintains that this is a normal flu season.
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“We usually have a peak in the beginning of January or end of December and then repeated four weeks later at the end of January or the beginning of February,” he explains, “so this is exactly what we saw in the past week.”
Osei adds that the flu appears to be hitting a younger demographic this year, as well those over the age of 55.
73 per cent of Northern Health staff and physicians have been immunized.