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Manitobans Encouraged to Get a Flu Shot

January 9, 2014 4:53 PM | News

H1N1 Flu Vaccine Vials

A public health nurse holds up vials of the N1N1 flu vaccine virus in Winnipeg in 2009. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Flu season is underway in Manitoba and the province wants to ensure you’re protected.

Dr. Michael Routledge, the province’s chief public health officer, said on Thursday there have been 45 reported cases of lab-confirmed influenza in Manitoba this season, in which 39 are of the H1N1 strain. No flu-related deaths have been reported.

Manitobans are encouraged to wash their hands regularly and practice good cough and sneeze etiquette (coughing or sneezing into your elbow, sleeve or using a tissue).

This year’s seasonal flu vaccine protects against H1N1 influenza A, as well as two other strains of the flu. Manitobans who have not yet received their flu shot this year can contact their health-care provider or community public health clinic to make arrangements.

— Staff