H1N1 flu symptoms are being reported all over Canada and the United States, but the good news is that a H1N1 vaccine can prevent deaths from the swine flu.
Canada is reporting a “surge” in H1N1 flu symptoms according to Health Minister Fred Horne:
“Over the past few weeks, we have seen a surge in the number of influenza cases across Alberta. Many of those affected are healthy young adults. Sadly, five Albertans admitted to the ICU have died. It is concerning that we are seeing younger, working-age adults being hospitalized.”
So far, 965 cases of the H1N1 flu outbreak have reported, with 250 people ending up in the hospital.
Back in the United States, there are reports of three more H1N1 flu deaths, and dozens are still on life support. But the scary part is that it’s not merely affecting the weak, infants, and the elderly:
“These deaths are among previously healthy individuals. This is not the group that the public usually thinks about as being susceptible to serious illness with influenza.”
From 2009 to 2012, the CDC says the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, spread from Mexico to 74 other countries, killing approximately 284,000 people. Although some recent news reports have incorrectly stated there isn’t a H1N1 flu vaccine available, thankfully that’s not the case anymore. The difficulty faced in 2009 was that the H1N1 flu strain was new and a vaccine for the swine flu hadn’t been developed.
Dr. Sandro Cinti, an infectious diseases doctor, explains why it’s important for people to get the H1N1 flu shot:
“It appears the sickest patients either didn’t get the flu vaccine or received it shortly before getting sick. It takes two full weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective. This looks like 2009, but this time we have a vaccine.”
But some people fear the side effects of H1N1 flu shots and vaccines in general. Some people believe children may get autism, but doctors insist prevention is the only way to prevent the spread of flu symptoms.
Are you concerned about the H1N1 vaccine or do you think it’s best for everyone to get the flu shot before showing any H1N1 flu symptoms?