First influenza case of the year confirmed on P.E.I.

Colin MacLean
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Charlottetown – The first case of influenza on P.E.I. this year has been confirmed.

Dr. Heather Morrison, chief public health officer, issued a press release Monday afternoon stating that a lab test has confirmed a case of influenza A (pH1N1) strain.

This is the most common strain of the flu virus in Atlantic Canada this year and the 2013-2014 seasonal vaccine does protect against this variant; the other two strains that are procted against are influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B.

“Islanders are reminded to follow the necessary measures to prevent and control the spread of infection, including the best preventative measure – getting the annual flu shot,” said Morrison.

“Wash your hands often, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, and stay home if you are sick.”

Typical symptoms of influenza include fever, headache, aches and pains, cough, and sore throat.

Morrison was also reminding residents that it is not too late to get the flu shot.

Flu immunization clinics through Health PEI are open to the public.

Call 1-855-354-4358 (4FLU) to make an appointment. The vaccination is free again this year at the public clinics for seniors age 65 and over, children aged 6 - 59 months, pregnant women and household contacts of pregnant women.

Islanders can also contact their family physician to receive the vaccine.

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada

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