1st Influenza Case Confirmed in Sudbury

The first laboratory confirmed case of influenza A virus has been reported in the Greater Sudbury area, and Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reminding residents that it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

As of December 15, 2018, 769 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Ontario. Among these cases the majority of infections have been caused by the influenza A virus.

This year the majority of flu vaccines being offered in the community protect against two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B. This is different than in previous years where only one influenza B strain was covered in the adult formulation of vaccine. In addition, a pain-free nasal spray vaccine is also available for children and youth aged 2 to 17 years.

The influenza vaccine is available at many locations throughout the community including local pharmacies and health care providers’ offices. In addition, Public Health Sudbury & Districts offers the vaccine at many of its locations by appointment.

 

For more information about the influenza vaccine, ways to prevent getting sick, as well as how to treat mild symptoms at home, visit phsd.ca or call 705.522.9200, ext. 301 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).