Influenza Remains Prevalent in Community

Written by admin, April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014 – Residents Advised to Take Infection Control Measures

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140430 Dr. Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health (influenza) 

The Peterborough Public Health is reporting continued influenza activity throughout the community.

The Public Health is issuing this advisory based on the continued presence of lab-confirmed influenza cases, outbreaks at local facilities, and increases in emergency room visits due to respiratory symptoms. The cases are lab-confirmed cases for influenza B, unlike the earlier influenza wave in December/January when the predominant strain was influenza A H1N1. Influenza B is more likely to affect older populations.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, influenza B continues to circulate in several regions across Canada, including Ontario. Influenza activity remains within expected levels for this time of year, and is consistent with late-season circulation of influenza B.

Influenza vaccine is still available for those who wish to be immunized. Please note that there is a two week window from time of vaccination to immunity. The current vaccine is a good match with the predominant circulating strain.

It is advised that people take the following precautions to reduce the spread of infection:

  • Stay home if feeling unwell
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Clean and sanitize commonly-used surfaces frequently
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue and washing hands afterwards

For more information, please view our Immunizations page.

For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391