Health Officials Warn Manitobans to Get the Flu Shot

Manitobans are once again being encouraged to get the flu shot, as the province has recorded its first case of H1N1 this year.

The individual with H1N1 is in their 20s and resides in the Central Health Region. They were not hospitalized as a result.

On Monday, provincial health officials provided an update on the flu situation, saying 343 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A and one laboratory-confirmed case of influenza B have been reported in Manitoba to January 1. From December 26 to January 1, there were 40 new cases influenza A.

In Winnipeg alone, there are 124 confirmed flu cases, making up for the most in any one region. Brandon and Churchill have the lowest with only two cases in each region.

Cases have come from all age groups, with the highest number (58 cases) in the 79 and over age group and the lowest number (nine cases) in the 15 to 19 year age group.

Thirty-four people have been hospitalized due to the flu, making for six admissions to intensive-care units and three deaths up until January 1.

Flu shots are free for all Manitobans and are available from family doctors and public health nurses.