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Ontario H1N1 Swine Flu Update October 27: Vaccine is on the Way

B&W_AntigenicShift_HiResCropThe latest actual figures on Ontario Swine Flu are in Ontario’s weekly “Influenza Bulletin”. See below for some interesting data from last Friday’s edition.

While you’re perusing those, note that vaccine is on the way.  The message from Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care is: “Get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”  

First in line:

  • People under 65 with chronic conditions;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Healthy children 6 months to under five years of age;
  • People living in remote or isolated communities;
  • Health care workers; and
  • Household contacts and care providers of persons at high risk who cannot be immunized or may not respond to vaccines.

Here’s the data for new confirmed cases.  The big bump is the summer’s wave, the rising bars on the right are where we are today.

Ontario Swine Flu Cases October 21 2009

Here’s a view of how this Fall stacks up historically.  That early-riser on the left is 2009. Not encouraging.  Wash your hands, and go get vaccinated.  Then wash your hands again.

Influenza A Historical

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One response to “Ontario H1N1 Swine Flu Update October 27: Vaccine is on the Way

  1. Shawn October 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I think the 2nd chart really speaks volumes. The major spikes in infection rates this early in the year is very alarming. Typically Sept and Oct flu cases are rare. This year however, many facilities are reporting near full to full inpatient areas due to the flu. Very serious stuff.

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