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More cases of H1N1 in Toronto this year

Officials say 36 per cent were H1N1 also known as swine flu.

Toronto public health officials say a higher percentage of flu cases this year are turning out to be H1N1.
    
Of the 210 confirmed cases of influenza so far this season, officials say 36 per cent were H1N1 also known as swine flu.

One of those infected has died, and two other people who died might have had the virus, but their cases are still under investigation. By comparison, only three per cent of the flu cases during the same period last year were H1N1.
    
Toronto Public Health spokeswoman Kris Scheuer says it's hard to predict what kind of flu season this one will be, but points out that last year saw twice as many influenza cases overall as this season.
    
Albertans have been rushing to get the flu shot after a spike in H1N1 cases in that province and Toronto health officials are encouraging residents to also get vaccinated.

Health officials are confirming five people have died from an outbreak of H-1-N-1 influenza in Alberta.
    
Three of the deaths were in Edmonton, two in Calgary.
    
There are now 965 confirmed cases of the flu in Alberta and 270 of those people are in hospital.
    
Dr. Gerry Predy, senior medical officer of health, says the largest numbers have been seen in the last three weeks, which is typical in the development of a flu outbreak

Alberta's health minister says not enough people are getting a flu shot. Fred Horne says one in five Albertans and about half of health-care workers have been immunized against influenza so far this year.
    
He says those rates are too low to adequately protect families and communities.

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  1. Peter posted on 01/03/2014 01:41 PM
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    I heard this from Leanne today Jan. 3, 2013 :


    I had this flu earlier in the year and it was horrible, felt like the cough was never going to leave. I have not had the flu shot.

    We had a gathering on Christmas eve, the morning my brother in law was in bed with the flu, eventually everyone who was at our place that night is now sick or was down and out for a few days.

    The only exception was my 81 year old mom who has had the flu shot and myself, I am definitely pro flu shot now, I won't get it this year as I now believe I have immunity but next year both my husband and I will get our shots.


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